A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
When you're having a crisis or trying to solve a problem, seek advice, search your own heart, pray, and ask for help when you need it. Different faiths and beliefs have more in common than we might think, and even exploring differences can help us learn about ourselves and each other. Answers and solutions can come from the most unexpected places.
Positive Role Models
Moshe is a good model of integrity, perseverance, and teamwork. He keeps searching until he finds a solution to his problem that doesn't compromise his beliefs. He and his wife model a loving, supportive relationship and anchor a large, close-knit family. Viviana is a good model for communication, perseverance, and teamwork. She teaches dance classes while caring for a daughter who has MS, and embraces a creative, if strange, solution to the restrictions her dance partner's beliefs impose on how they dance together.
The main cast belong to a close-knit community of Hasidic Jews. Within the family and community there are a range of skin colors, ages, and body types. Minor characters of Catholic, Muslim, and Sikh faiths offer advice. Main character Moshe befriends a mostly Black and Latino group of street dancers. A minor character uses a wheelchair. A few characters come across as stereotypes at first but develop into individuals.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A married couple kisses and role plays in their bedroom for comedic effect including kissing in bed and rolling around under covers. Another couple kisses. Mention of having sex in a group. A man is seen running away with naked buttocks visible.
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Siblings call each other "dummy."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink wine and schnapps with meals. An adult is shown crying and drinking wine to excess during the day. An adult leaves a liquor store with a bottle in a paper bag and drinks from it. A one-line character is briefly implied to be smoking marijuana. An adult sits at a bar with a bottle of beer in front of him.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tango Shalom is a faith-based comedy set in modern-day Brooklyn's Hasidic Jewish community. There's little content of concern beyond some suggestive behavior between spouses, some drinking, and a brief depiction of smoking marijuana. Teen appeal may be limited by the themes of an older man's crisis of faith and because there's very little focus on kids or teens. Viewers will gain some insight into Hasidic culture, community, beliefs, and worship practices. 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 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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