Step Up

Movie review by Jane Boursaw, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Clichéd dance movie with some fun moves.

PG-13 2006 98 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 35 reviews

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age 11+

Fun movie, great for teens and tweens

I really don't know why the rating for this movie is 13+. I don't recall any bad language except for "damn" in one of the songs on the soundtrack. There was no visible drug or underage alcohol use (an adult sips a beer in one scene, there are references to him being drunk often). The heaviest scene in the movie is where a young teen (around 13 or 14) is killed by a gang member. The violence is not shown, only the sound of a gunshot and the boy on the ground in the next scene. The wound is not shown, only a little bit of blood on the hand of an older teen who runs to help him. The boy's death is a turning point for the main character, convicting him to leave a life of crime (he and his friends steal multiple cars throughout the movie) and focus on his future (pursuing dance). There are no sex/sexual scenes in this movie, and I do not remember any innuendos either. There are a few lengthy kisses and one young man is seen cheating on his girlfriend by kissing another woman. There is nothing that an 11-year-old would not be able to watch. In all, the main character may not be a great role model at the beginning of the movie, but he ends up deciding that his dreams are worth fighting for and becomes a better person in the process.
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age 12+

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