A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Friendship and camaraderie emerge when friends start bands together.
Positive Role Models
Lead characters show that their passion for music is matched only by their friendships with each other.
One of the two bands is comprised entirely of young women, showing that they have what it takes to write and play pop songs in what's still a male-dominated industry.
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Violence & Scariness
Minor bullying between rival bands -- name-calling.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some awkward flirtations.
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Movie centered on two bands with dreams of getting to play the Vans Warped Tour.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Summertime Dropouts is a 2022 coming-of-age movie about two young pop-punk bands struggling to find success as adulthood looms. There's some very minor bullying between a popular band and a less popular band and some awkward flirtation. The word "ass" is said. On the whole, this movie is best for fans of pop-punk music and for young musicians interested in getting a glimpse into what it's like to find success in that particular genre. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is a sweet coming-of-age movie centered on two bands trying to find success in the pop-punk scene. Summertime Dropouts eschews tales of rock and roll decadence and debauchery in favor of a story of growing up and trying to pursue one's dreams as the responsibilities of adulthood loom ever larger. It probably helps to be a fan of this particular sub-genre of punk music, but even if you're someone who finds it corny, boring, and safe, there's enough to the story of these six friends playing music together to keep it interesting.
The acting comes across as comfortable across the board. No one is over the top and the story feels natural. It's a very wholesome movie. While the parents sometimes have some issues, they show what it's like to be supportive parents of their kids and their artistic dreams. The ending puts a little too much emphasis on this idea of "making it" as the be-all and end-all, even though the rest of the movie shows that what's really important are the memories you make with friends when you play music together.
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