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Indian cultural traditions are highlighted, which may be a learning opportunity for kids who come from other cultural backgrounds.
Positive messages around hard work and personal accomplishment, learning a new skill, choosing friends over a romantic interest, following your passion, and the value of family.
Positive Role Models
Lead character Rhea is a great role model- she gets goods grades, has a lot of responsibility, and is kind. She also takes a risk and tries a new hobby, and practices really hard to become good at it.
This is the first Disney Channel original movie starring an Indian-American lead and supporting cast, and the Indian characters are well-developed and nuanced. The non-Indian cast members are also fairly diverse across gender and race, and include a few counterstereotypes. The movie is directed by Manjari Makijany, an Indian woman.
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Violence & Scariness
One of the main plot points is that the lead character's mom passed away, and there are a few emotional flashback scenes. Characters express mild negative feelings towards each other.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Much of the plot revolves around a teenage crush, nothing physical beyond hand holding. Some midriff-bearing outfits but nothing that's hyper-sexualized.
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Very brief expressions of dislike and mistrust between characters.
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Products & Purchases
Repeated easily-identifiable tech products; also characters seem to live in disproportionately nice homes for an urban environment.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Spin is a Disney Channel original movie about a teenage girl who discovers she has a talent for deejaying. It's the first Disney Channel movie featuring an Indian-American lead, and the movie celebrates Indian culture. The plot revolves around a teenage crush, but there's nothing physical beyond holding hands. There are some midriff-bearing outfits but nothing that's inappropriate. The main character Rhea's mom has passed away, and there are a few sad flashback scenes and references to her death throughout.
Is It Any Good?
This musical romance follows the formula of many past Disney Channel movies with a crush, a high-school kid excelling at their chosen hobby, and a pretty predictable plot. Spin does have great music, as well as fantastic on-screen representation with an Indian-American lead and supporting cast. The story starts off pretty slow, but by the end of the movie, kids will be pulling for the charismatic lead character Rhea. Overall, Rhea is a wonderful role model who is trying to balance her dad's expectations, being a good friend, and following her heart (and failing along the way). She does get into her new deejaying hobby due to a crush, but when her crush lets her down, she doesn't try to win him back. Instead, she aims to beat him at a DJ competition, and feels empowered with her newfound passion. Spin isn't breaking any cinematic ground, but kids will enjoy this sweet coming-of-age story and celebration of Indian-American culture.
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