A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie's main take-aways are to defend what you believe in and aim high to reach your goals. That said, the flash mob squad at the heart of the film does take pride in breaking laws to get the attention they want on YouTube.
Positive Role Models
The two leads are both passionate, kind, and driven -- qualities that are admirable in anyone.
Violence & Scariness
A fistfight erupts after a particularly aggressive dance sequence. In one scene, dancers use smoke canisters while wearing gas masks and police vests; it's not violent, but it's eerie/creepy.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexy dance moves aplenty, as well as some innuendoes and kissing.
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Language includes one "s--t," "damn," "a--hole," "ass," "hell," "oh my God," and "crap."
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Products & Purchases
Labels spotted or mentioned fairly often include Apple, YouTube, Nike, Dell, Cadillac, and more.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking, usually beer or wine, in dance clubs and bars.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that, like all of the Step Up films, Step Up Revolution is a fun, fairly harmless trifle (unless you consider fantastic dance sequences featuring skimpily clad dancers dangerous), even though it's not particularly deep or memorable. Tween and teen girls will be drawn to the tale of a good girl who meets an edgy guy and wants to join his dance crew -- you can expect some displays of rebellion, usually in the form of a disruptive flash mob and some graffiti tagging, and plenty of sensual dance moves. There's some social drinking and a bit of swearing ("a--hole," "damn," one "s--t"), too. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
STEP UP REVOLUTION is far from revolutionary. It's so paint-by-numbers, so bland, that it poses no danger of being a cultural phenomenon. But, boy, is it fun when the dance numbers hit all the right moves, and many of them do. The fedora dance is particularly incendiary.
But dance movies rarely, if ever, become must-sees. (Dirty Dancing is a rare exception.) You hardly remember the main characters, let alone the storyline. Step Up Revolution is no different. The dialogue is cheese ball, the plot threadbare. The stars are only passable actors. That said, they are amazing dancers, especially McCormick. (Enough other alums of the TV series So You Think You Can Dance make appearances here that it feels kind of like a reunion.) And they do make you feel like dancing. In the large scheme of things, that's not such a bad way to measure success.
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