A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Kids will take away lessons about acceptance and diversity.
The group's music broadcasts anti-prejudice themes and awareness of cultural and personal differences. The Cheetahs value fairness, honesty, and education.
Positive Role Models
Despite their sometimes diva-like behavior, it's clear that the Cheetahs respect each other for the people they are and encourage others to do the same. Parents are good role models who help the girls learn to set goals, make priorities, and accept responsibility for their actions.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mild flirting and one brief kissing scene. Some of the girls' outfits are pretty tight, and dance scenes often include booty shaking.
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Lots of urban slang (one male character harasses a classmate, insisting she wants to be his "boo," slang for "girlfriend"). Very occasional potty humor (jokes are made when a character steps in dog doo, for example).
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Products & Purchases
Characters sport the latest high-tech communication gadgets (cell phones, pagers). Plenty of tie-in Cheetah Girls merchandise available.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the characters' diva personas are likely to be copied by tween (and younger) viewers, which can lead to parental headaches over wardrobe, gotta-have gadgets, and attitude. While messages about self-respect, loyalty to friends and family, and accepting responsibility for choices are prominent throughout the movie, they're somewhat overshadowed by a barrage of cheetah-themed outfits and elaborately chic-ified teen lifestyles. Many scenes include strings of catch phrases ("ka-ching, ka-ching, bling, bling, bling" and "cheetahlicious") and body language (raised eyebrows, head gestures, and eye rolls) that are tolerable in the context of the movie but will become tiresome when copied by young fans. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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