Parents' Guide to

The Cheetah Girls

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Singers celebrate diversity and independence.

Movie G 2003 93 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 16+

I let my oldest daughter watch this movie when she was 11 years old. That is still an impressionable age. Her dad and I wound up having many arguments with her as she was going through junior high and early highschool years, with her wanting any new gadget on the market, rolling her eyes, and giving us "attitude". Obviously, that could have happened without watching this movie, but this movie didn't help. We parents need to be more mindful of how to teach our daughters "true femininity" and how to grow more in virtues. My husband and I have raised 4 daughters, and have learned so much from our mistakes. Best for a girl to watch this movie when she's grounded in who she is and is not at an impressionable age.
age 8+

Even More Amazing Than I Remembered!

The Cheetah Girls premiered when I was in 2nd grade and I watched it and enjoyed it. I'm 18 now, and I recently watched it on Netflix, and I enjoyed it even more! When I was a young kid I loved it because I thought it was just real cool. As a young adult, I realized how emotional it could get and how much you can learn about show business.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (10 ):

THE CHEETAH GIRLS mixes harmonious vocals, energetic dance moves, and endearing characters, and tops it off with a hefty dose of values. All of it works to create this highly rated, fan-favorite original Disney movie. While the characters' sassy attitudes and uppity body language might have parents rolling their eyes, the overall package offers wholesome entertainment for tweens. The New York group consists of four precocious freshmen: extroverted drama queen Galleria (Raven-Symone) Latina diva Chanel (Adrienne Bailon), self-assured Texan transplant Aquanetta ("Aqua") (Kiely Williams), and level-headed dancing sensation Dorinda ("Do") (Sabrina Bryan) round out the group.

The Cheetah Girls hit a high note with songs that celebrate racial diversity ("we make up one big family though we don't look the same") and self-reliance ("I'd rather rescue myself"), and with group values of friendship, creativity, and education (when one member is struggling in school, they call a study session to help out). Family plays an important role in the movie as well. Galleria often turns to her parents for guidance, and they respond with compassionate lessons about respecting others' feelings and taking responsibility for your actions.

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