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  • 60

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    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    While several of the dance sequences admittedly pack a visual pop, the added dimension does the hokey scripting and some of the acting no favors by amplifying their already noticeable shortcomings.

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  • 63

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Rhythmically, athletically and energetically, Step Up 3D does not disappoint.

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  • 67

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Step Up 3D isn't, in dramatic terms, a very good movie, but it's the first film in a while to use 3-D as more than a marketing ploy; it points toward an original way of making a musical.

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  • 75

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    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    It boasts a generous exuberance and, as entertainment products go, it's surprisingly sweet.

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OK for kids 12+

Fun dance routines are best part of otherwise boring movie.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the third installment in the Step Up franchise has some romance and some aggressive dance battles, but is overall an age-appropriate choice for younger teens. There's flirting, kissing, and at-times sexy dancing, but there's nothing truly risque, and the romance is tame by movie standards. One scene shows a violent club brawl, and all of the dance battles are aggressive and feature hostile dancers challenging each other. (And the 3-D makes the dance sequences all the more thrilling/intense.) Although the ultimate message is a positive one -- to follow your passion wherever it leads -- some of the characters make it seem like dancing is more important than attending college or pretty much any other responsibility.

  • Families can talk about the movie's message -- that it's possible to follow your dreams if you work hard enough. Do you think that's true?
  • For a good chunk of the movie, Luke wants to Moose to put dancing first. Is that a positive message?
  • Is Natalie and Julien's sibling relationship healthy? How is it portrayed?

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    Messages: Although ultimately the message is positive -- that people should follow their passion, whether it's dance, filmmaking, or engineering -- there are some mixed signals when Luke encourages Moose to blow off classes for the dance battles. The fact that Natalie lies about who she is for much of the movie is also a negative take-away for kids.

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    Role models: Luke is generous, offering dancers a place to stay when they have no where else to go, and Moose is an inspiration to stay true to your own gifts and talents. But the kids generally don't seem to do anything but dance and play. Natalie lies to everyone about who she is and why she's dancing with them. Of everyone, Camille is the best role model, because she actually pays attention to her school work and her friends.

What to watch for
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    Violence: The dance "battles" are aggressive but not necessarily violent, although they do lead to actual brawls between the dance crews one or two times. There's also some pushing and shoving between the crew leaders, but no blood or injuries.

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    Sex: A couple flirts for half of the movie, does a few sultry dance moves together (including an intimate tango), and kisses passionately a couple of times. Another couple kisses briefly in one scene. Several young women are dressed in tight or skin-baring clothes, and some of the choreography could be considered provocative.

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    Language: One use of "f--k," one "s--t," and one "bulls--t," as well as several insults like "loser," "ass," "jerk," and "stupid." Also "hell" and "oh my God."

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    Consumerism: In addition to the various Nike sneakers the dancers wear, brands are featured during the dance competitions, particularly Sprite. The friends play videogames on a PlayStation, which is also one of the sponsors of the competition.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: At a fancy party and in a dance club, there are people with cups in their hands, but it's not overt, and it's implied to be alcohol, rather than specifically confirmed.