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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Reaching for your dreams and not giving up are major themes here. Others themes include class tensions, family relationships, and infidelity.
Positive Role Models
There are both strong friendships and catty behavior between the characters, with one character in particular exhibiting a jealous and vengeful streak. Zoe has a strong relationship with her mother but a difficult one with her stepfather. Multi-ethnic cast.
Violence & Scariness
Some arguing, pushing, shoving, and one drunken brawl.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Strong sexual innuendo. References to "booty calls," and couples are shown climbing into bed in their underwear or partially undressed while hugging, kissing, and making out (but no nudity is visible). Obvious sounds of people engaging in sexual behavior. Female dancers often wear revealing clothing, and dance moves are sometimes provocative.
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The word "bitch" is used frequently, and "pissed" occasionally. The term "gringo" is used to describe a dance style.
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Products & Purchases
Logos like Apple, Seattle Coffee, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagon, and Voss mineral water are visible.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The consumption of alcohol (beer, wine, cocktails, hard liquor) is visible, especially at nightclubs and bars. At least one person is shown slightly intoxicated. One physical fight is influenced by alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that dance-loving teens will probably love this TV movie's updated disco dance moves, but parents may want to exercise some caution when allowing younger teens to watch. The movie features some very strong sexual innuendo, including obvious sounds of sexual activity and cast members climbing in and out of bed in various stages of undress. Words like "piss" and "bitch" are used frequently. Social scenes feature people drinking (beer, cocktails, mixed drinks) and one drunken argument. Lots of logos appear, like Apple, Seattle Coffee, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagon. 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 story of this MTV original movie is pretty predictable, and sometimes it seems as if it's trying too hard to be edgy by throwing in lots of strong sexual innuendo and iffy language. But the new takes on classic nightclub tunes will likely appeal to a generation of teens who are too young to have experienced the disco scene. It might also attract reminiscing viewers who were there themselves.
The movie revives some of the familiar themes from other dance-flicks like Flashdance and Center Stage, like holding on to your (dancing) dreams and not giving up. Meanwhile, the lively choreography, which mixes hip hop, Latin rhythms, and classic disco moves, is fresh enough to be entertaining while still staying true to the fun and tacky glam of the disco-era. The cameo appearance of R&B singer Jason Derulo adds to this appeal.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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