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  • 3.0

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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Scott Bowles

    Revolution tries a few plot moves, but, narratively, it has two left feet.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Abercrombie & Fitch model Guzman looks every bit the metrosexual romantic lead, but also makes a credible partner for So You Think You Can Dance star McCormick. Fortunately, neither is called upon to stretch too far in the acting department and both are able to get by with good looks and flashy moves.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    OK, OK. They're good dancers, and well-choreographed. You can see the movie for that and be charitable about the moronic plot.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 12+

Dance movie is formulaic but boasts some fun sequences.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, like all of the Step Up films, Step Up Revolution is a fun, fairly harmless trifle (unless you consider fantastic dance sequences featuring skimpily clad dancers dangerous), even though it's not particularly deep or memorable. Tween and teen girls will be drawn to the tale of a good girl who meets an edgy guy and wants to join his dance crew -- you can expect some displays of rebellion, usually in the form of a disruptive flash mob and some graffiti tagging, and plenty of sensual dance moves. There's some social drinking and a bit of swearing ("a--hole," "damn," one "s--t"), too.

  • Families can talk about Step Up Revolution's messages -- standing up for what you believe in and aiming high with your goals. How does it convey these messages?
  • Why do you think the crew becomes more brazen with each flash mob? How do you feel about becoming a consumer of videos made specifically to get clicks, regardless of content?
  • Given the crew's presumably honorable motivations, can their law-breaking be excused?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The movie's main take-aways are to defend what you believe in and aim high to reach your goals. That said, the flash mob squad at the heart of the film does take pride in breaking laws to get the attention they want on YouTube.

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    Role models: The two leads are both passionate, kind, and driven -- qualities that are admirable in anyone.

What to watch for
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    Violence: A fistfight erupts after a particularly aggressive dance sequence. In one scene, dancers use smoke canisters while wearing gas masks and police vests; it's not violent, but it's eerie/creepy.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Sexy dance moves aplenty, as well as some innuendoes and kissing.

  • language false2

    Language: Language includes one "s--t," "damn," "a--hole," "ass," "hell," "oh my God," and "crap."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Labels spotted or mentioned fairly often include Apple, YouTube, Nike, Dell, Cadillac, and more.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Social drinking, usually beer or wine, in dance clubs and bars.