StreetDance

Movie review by
Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Hip-hop drama has fun moves, some mature scenes.
  • PG-13
  • 2010
  • 98 minutes

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Hard work; discipline; creativity; innovation; fairness; ambition; drive.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Though most characters are not well developed, they do demonstrate drive, creativity, and strong ethics about competing and winning. A few are interested only in winning or besting others, but Carly admits when she's led her dance team astray and works to incorporate their strengths rather than force them into a style of dance that's foreign to them. Studio owner Helena encourages the ballet and hip-hop dancers to learn from each other and incorporate both styles.

Violence

Guy punches another in the face. Girl nearly steps into oncoming traffic but is pulled back.

Sex

Some sexy dancing; close-ups on scantily clad bodies; couple in bed embrace in underwear; guy kisses girl's neck; couple lies together in bed, appearing naked but covered up by sheets after implied intercourse; some couples kissing; guy references a night of implied sex, "touching last night."

Language

"Tutu t-ts." "Go suck on that."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that StreetDance is a dance drama revolving around a dance competition. It features some sexy dancing and scantily clad bodies, as well as implied intercourse and kissing. There's mild profanity ("suck," "tutu t-ts"). The movie focuses on the drive and ambition behind competitive street dancing and features a diverse cast in an urban setting and lots of fun moves, but the overall maturity of some scenes makes it best for older kids, particularly those interested in dance.

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What's the story?

Carly (Nichola Burley) and her street dance crew want to win a big dance competition, but when their best dancer leaves, they need a replacement and a practice space. When Carly meets Helena (Charlotte Rampling), she talks her way into an offer to rehearse at a ballet company's studio, but there's a catch: She'll have to incorporate some of the ballet dancers into the street team. Trouble is, neither knows how to dance in the other group's style, and neither seems all that interested in learning.

Is it any good?

STREETDANCE is better than you might expect. The characters are largely likable, the dance moves and music keep the pace moving fairly well, and Charlotte Rampling as ballet studio owner Helena is an acting power-up. No, these characters aren't particularly well-developed, but the moves are fun, and the overall message, while formulaic and predictable, is pleasant enough: The idea that two styles of dance from entirely different cultures and classes could merge to form a style that improves upon both makes for a satisfying watch.

The film is most likely to hold the attention spans of kids who already are invested in dance, but parents should watch for a few scenes that get a little mature on the romance front.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the film's treatment of the ballet dancers versus the hip-hop dancers. How are they different? What things are emphasized about each group, and why?

  • Do you think the film demonstrates a healthy ambition? Or unhealthy? Why?

  • Was this a realistic portrayal of competitive dance? What other films have you seen that depict street dancing? How do they compare?

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