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Roll Bounce Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Sheri Linden

    Doesn't depart from the inspirational coming-of-age formula. But it has got enough heart and disco-fever exuberance to connect with audiences.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Roll Bounce rates a friendly nod. If it doesn't exactly kick out the jams, it does move them around a little bit.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Roll Bounce, a nostalgic memory of disco roller-dancing in the late 1970s, has warm starring performances from Bow Wow and Chi McBride, who are funny, lovable and sometimes touching.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    The movie is a thing of honey and gloss, yet there's just enough heart in the central father/son relationship, and in the teenagers' ensemble interactions, to make it glide by.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Bow Wow plays the skate-dance hero in a way that's never too cool to hide what an avid achiever the kid is, and he and his buddies converse in a fiendishly alert middle-class trash talk that keeps Roll Bounce jumping.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

At times tedious, mostly fine for ages 13+.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie includes sexual references (primarily, men or boys ogling tight-dressed women), crude humor (jokes about a girl wearing braces and other boyish shenanigans), and some language (including the "N" word). As a coming of age story, the movie focuses on the ways a family copes with the recent death of the mother. Father-son tensions eventually lead to a fight, where son smashes his dad's car with a crowbar, and then tearful reconciliation.

  • Families can talk about the death of the mother: how do father and son handle her loss differently and also similarly? Why does Curtis lie to his son (by omission) about not having a job? How does X's roller skating serve as an outlet and also a metaphor for his emotional maturation over the summer? And what about all those brand named goods all over the movie?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: Kids are sweet, roller-skating is fun, father and son come together.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Some fighting between boys, Bow Wow smashes his dad's car with a crowbar.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Some references to sex, mostly men or boys ogliing tightly dressed women.

  • language false3

    Language: Including damn, ass, mo-fo, motherf***r, and the n-word.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Nostaligic product everywhere, including references to What's Happening!!, Kool-Aid, The Mod Squad, Fruit of the Loom, the Fonz (Happy Days), Baretta, Kung Fu, Jordache Jeans, Fat Albert, YooHoo, Pacman, Ford Mustang, Atari.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Brief drinking at a party attended by adults.