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  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 50

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    USA Today

    For a movie about dancing, Step Up is pretty clumsy on its feet.

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  • 50

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    Chicago Tribune

    It's no accident that the credits for the movie are a Who's Who of dance movie alumni: Director Anne Fletcher choreographed "Bring It On"; screenwriter Duane Adler penned "Save The Last Dance"; and the movie was photographed by Michael Seresin, who shot "Fame."

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  • 50

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    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    While its sexy young lead performers and enjoyable dance sequences should provide some boxoffice enticement, this directorial debut from choreographer Anne Fletcher likely will score bigger on video.

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  • 75

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    Entertainment Weekly Scott Brown

    Step, under the sure hand of director-choreographer Anne Fletcher, quickly discovers its own virtuoso charms. Two of them are its leads.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Clichéd dance movie with some fun moves.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Step Up contains references to gang violence, racial unrest, and tragedies resulting from a life of poverty. Social classes are prevalent (the "privileged" and the "poor"), and lies and betrayal are part of the storyline. Tyler comes from a low-income foster home, and his life is all about parties, thugs, and criminal behavior, including a run-in with a chop-shop owner. There's some profanity and sexual innuendo.

  • Families can talk about what Tyler could have done differently in his life, rather than resorting to crime. How could Tyler have found different friends? How do you avoid "going along with the crowd" when you know they're in the wrong?
  • How do the adults in Tyler's life affect him? Could they have done anything differently to help him? Is the school administrator right in showing her disapproval when he wants to dance?
  • And what about Nora's mother? Is she right to want Nora to focus on college applications, or should she nurture her daughter's love of dance?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Lying, betrayal, partying, criminal and rebellious activities; messages about teenage self-improvement.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: Gang violence, street thugs, Tyler and his buddies trash the school.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Innuendoes throughout; budding romances between Tyler/Jenna and others; one student's use of synthesizers is likened to masturbation.

  • language false3

    Language: A few uses of "s--t," plus "damn," "hell," and the like.

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Mild.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: References to drugs/alcohol throughout.