The Dempsey Sisters

Movie review by
Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
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Clean but dull made-for-TV film about following your dreams.
  • NR
  • 2015
  • 87 minutes

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

It's never too late to follow your dreams. Some dated messages that every girl's dream is to find the right husband to take care of her.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Deena treats Ava badly but apologizes for her behavior. All the family members support each other and their decisions.

Violence
Sex

Some talk about marriage and relationships. A married couple has a few chaste kisses. One song with mildly suggestive lyrics such as "no one satisfies you like I do."

Language

"Pig," "jerk."

Consumerism

References to Target and Starbucks.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Dempsey Sisters is a made-for-TV movie about a family figuring out how to follow their dreams. Though it's clean enough for a tween audience, this slow-moving film will probably be too boring to capture their attention. There are a few chaste kisses between a married couple and some talk about love and marriage, as well as some name-calling. Parents may appreciate the message that it's never too late to accomplish your goals, but they may be concerned about some dated messages about every little girl dreaming about catching a husband.

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What's the story?

When Deena (Denyce Lawton) is fired from her job, she finds herself struggling to figure out what to do with her life. But when her brother Thad (Antwon Tanner) and his new wife, Ava (Taj Enphiniti), show up at her house looking for a place to live, inspiration strikes. Now all she needs to do is convince her sisters Tina (Cymphonique Miller) and Sheena (Teairra Mari) to get their music group back together and prove to Thad that their group is the big break he needs to make it as a manager in the music industry.

Is it any good?

Although it promises the excitement of the music industry or, at the very least, some entertaining tunes, this dull made-for-TV movie provides neither. What the audience gets is a lot of manufactured conflict and boring, repetitive dialogue that rehashes the same points over and over. And the music doesn't even start until the movie is almost over, when we're treated to one bland tune. Even a cameo from Lynn Whitfield falls flat, making this a movie you can safely skip.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the movie's theme: The Dempsey Sisters suggests it's never too late to follow your dreams. Do you think that's true? Why, or why not?

  • Do you think the film provides a realistic depiction of the music industry? Why, or why not?

  • Do you like films about music and the music industry? What's your favorite music-themed film?

Movie details

For kids who love music

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