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Tango Shalom

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Comedy explores different faiths; drinking, drug reference.

Movie PG-13 2021 115 minutes
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This faith-based comedy has a good heart with its lively, sometimes funny look at a man from an interesting culture that's not often seen in movies. Unfortunately, Tango Shalom falls short in a number of ways that keep it from being the genuine heartwarmer it seems to want to be. The uneven script makes a lot of conversations seem stilted and unnatural. It's also too long, spending too much time on each part of the story: Moshe looking for a job, seeking spiritual guidance, rehearsing for the big dance contest, and even the contest itself. The viewer may easily and quickly feel restless and impatient. The dance footage, from learning how to tango to the final contest, doesn't add any drama, emotion, or sense that the dancers are improving even though they seem to be working hard. A couple of the subplots, like Moshe's brother's financial crisis, feel tacked on.

Kid and teen appeal is likely to be limited. There are kids in the movie, but they're not a major focus and have very few lines. The story and main cast focus entirely on older adults. But it can be a good opportunity to talk about staying true to your beliefs and values while you try to make your way through a complicated world.

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