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All the Right Moves Review

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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 50

    out of 100

    Time Richard Corliss

    This naive little movie hopes to prove itself the Flashdance of football.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The New York Times Janet Maslin

    A well-made but sugar-coated working-class fable about a football star.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Two people finally tell each other the truth. This is, of course, an astonishing breakthrough in movies about teenagers, and All the Right Moves deserves it.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Early Cruise football film set in high school, but mature.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this early '80s drama includes a teen sex scene with some nudity, as well as lots of suggestive conversations about sex. Teens and adults also drink and get drunk, and language ("f--k," "s--t," etc.) is plentiful. There's also a general sense that teens have very few career options.

  • Families can talk about Stefan's choices. Do you think he was right to challenge his coach? What was the result of his actions? Are the consequences portrayed in the movie realistic? How else could he have handled the problem?
  • How accurate is this movie when it comes to teens and sexual activity? What are parents' roles and responsibilities when it comes to teen and sex?
  • What options do Stefan and his friends have when it comes to careers? Is this a realistic portrayal of teen life in certain parts of the United States?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The film focuses on high school athletes in a working-class town who see a football scholarship as the only way escape from a dreary future. While this highlights the value of education, it also makes it seem like they have no other options, and that non-athletes have no chance at all to forge a better life.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Stefan has integrity and tries to stand up for what he thinks is right, but his outspoken tendencies get him in trouble.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: Several people beat up a man in a bar, though the fight is quickly broken up. A gang trashes a man's car and the outside of his house.

  • sex false4

    Sex: Brief nudity when a teenage couple has sex, including bare breasts and a man's butt. Lots of suggestive talk, including discussions about whether girls will, or will not, agree to sleep with their boyfriends.

  • language false4

    Language: Lots of swearing, including "s--t," "d--k," "p---y," "a--hole," and various iterations of the F-word.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: High schools students get drunk, at parties and on their own after a big disappointment. Older characters get drunk at bars and talk about their plans to get wasted.