The Fits

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
The Fits Poster Image

Common Sense says

age 13+

Thoughtful, beautifully made drama with no easy answers.

NR 2016 72 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 1 review

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 15+


The Fits Double Entendre “The Fits,” directed by Anna Rose Holmer seems to be the perfect title name for the fits the characters go through. The young and beautiful eleven year old Toni (Royalty Hightower), goes through a perplexed experience that is felt in the strange soundtrack and character developments. We understand that the concept of the film is organized by the breakdown and focalization of the moments in Toni’s childhood and early womanhood. Da’Sean Minor, Toni’s older brother both spend most of their time in the recreation centre in their community either boxing or working out. Rather, her older brother does most of the boxing and she finds herself wanting to move around. The Lionesses (the community recreation dance team name), also attend same community gym, and Toni is drawn towards the vibrant movement when she peaks through the window fame and quickly finds herself to join the team. Toni then experiences first hand that her new dance family are having strange “fits,” and movement spasms. During the seventy two minute length film the strange “fits” is not explained once. To some extent it is explored in the soundtrack and the young girls movements. Throwing their hands in the air, and stomping their feet to every beat of the sound effortlessly. It could be preserved that Toni, and these young girls are trying to take up any space they can as a metaphor to show maturity and commandment from adolescents to young womanhood. Assuming that these young girls are exploring their young female womanhood through dancing, not once is an adult presented as a main character in the film. The strange neighbourhood also seems to be deserted, with only the characters presented in the film to be shown. This short film has a double entendre meaning that only some can catch on. These exploring young girls find themselves trying to open new chapters in their lives called womanhood through these “fits” dance moves. By: Halima Sheikh This movie review of “The Fits”: This film explores young girls going through major life explorations as they fill the void in space in their dance movements can be also perceived as double entendre. This film is very hard to understand giving it a 2.5/5 rating.
age 13+

Absolutely beautiful movie for older kids

This movie is touching, gut-wrenching in spots and as an adult I was immediately drawn into the story and the main character. However, the movie is very slow moving and deals with some pretty deep emotional twists and turns. My daughter found it riveting but it was a little above her head and the metaphor of "fitting in" - "the fits" was lost even though she also felt a strange connection with the main character who is strong but also vulnerable. The music makes the movie feel almost tense which was a wonderful touch to me, but again a younger child might find it creepy. All in all I would recommend it highly to older kids - especially girls who are mature enough to grasp the overall concept of struggles to fit in.

Movie Details

Our Editors Recommend

  • All the Wilderness Poster Image

    All the Wilderness

    Teen drinking, drugs in vivid, poetic coming-of-age drama.

    age 16+
  • Another Earth Poster Image

    Another Earth

    Downbeat indie drama with sci-fi angle has mature themes.

    age 15+
  • Hoop Dreams Poster Image

    Hoop Dreams

    Stunning documentary addresses race and class issues.

    age 13+

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

  • Cartoon picture of basketball, football, and medal
    Sports and Martial Arts
    See all
  • Cartoon picture of ballet slippers and paint brush
    Arts and Dance
    See all
  • Cartoon picture of a sister and brother holding hands
    Brothers and Sisters
    See all

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate