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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Adult role models are largely absent from the film. The father of the two main characters rarely interacts with his sons, so the older boy takes responsibility for his younger brother (who acts and speaks much older than his six years would warrant). Other parents only drop in occasionally to demand more individual attention for their band-member kids. Glamorizes the life of a kid star.
Violence & Scariness
In one scene, an argument between two adult women ends in a brief scuffle with no injuries. A few brief clips of professional wrestling include some banging around.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some female characters dress in skimpy clothes, and the boys' adoring fans often flirt outrageously with them. One character jokingly references "boobies." One scene shows an adult couple kissing passionately.
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Frequent use of "Oh my God" and "shut up" one exclamation of "Jesus!"
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Products & Purchases
Lots of references to products like Game Boy and Cheerios. Nameless soda is prevalent, so much so that one character's "addiction" to it lands him in a recovery program for "soda-holics."
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the satire in this mockumentary about the highs and lows of young stardom may be too subtle for tweens without a grasp of the tumultuous nature of the music industry (in other words, most of them). They may only see the over-glorified celebrity lifestyle. Swelling egos and creative differences cause conflict within the band, including some name-calling. The under-10 kids on screen have very little adult supervision, and conversations touch on topics like how babies are made, homosexuality, hand gestures with suggestive meaning in other cultures, and (from a 6-year-old) the strong desire to kiss lots of girls. The movie is tied to a TV series that's better suited to the target tween audience. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Created and directed by actress Polly Draper (thirtysomething), this high-concept movie is the brainchild of her sons and the film's stars, Nat and Alex. The film strives for the feel mastered by This Is Spinal Tap, and the premise is intriguing and certainly offers a tongue-in-cheek view of a celebrity-obsessed culture that idolizes even the youngest performers.
But most of the subtle satire will probably be missed by tween viewers unfamiliar with the trademark turbulence of many musical groups -- essential background for grasping the movie's humor. Young audiences instead will see only the band members' unrealistic, glorified lifestyle: they don't attend school, they seem to have limitless free time for sitting around talking about themselves, and they often enjoy basking in their own popularity.
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