• PG
  • 1h 24m
  • 2017
Certified Fresh96%
Common Sense Media Iconage 10+
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Set against the backdrop of Baltimore’s inner city, Step chronicles the senior year of a girls’ high school step dance team. Empowered by their teachers, coaches, families, and each other, they strive to win a championship and go to college. Deeply insightful and inspiring, this powerful film embodies the true meaning of sisterhood through a story of courageous young women worth cheering for.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh96%
Critics Consensus: Step tells an irresistibly crowd-pleasing story in a thoroughly absorbing way -- and while smartly incorporating a variety of timely themes.
London Evening Standard
Demetrios Matheou

The portrait of the girls, their hard-up but loving parents (two are single mums, men being conspi...

August 11, 2017
Globe and Mail
Gayle MacDonald

Step is a story about relationships. And how even the most challenging family ties shape us into t...

August 11, 2017
Detroit News
Adam Graham

Director Amanda Lipitz takes viewers home with the students and creates palpable drama around thei...

August 11, 2017
Peter Bradshaw

The film is perhaps not entirely candid about all the bad stuff backstage, and there are complex p...

August 11, 2017
Little White Lies
Louise Busfield

Inspiring and uplifting.

August 11, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Dance gives teen girls focus, power in moving documentary.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Step is a moving, inspiring documentary about a group of Baltimore high school students in a step dance troupe who are working to graduate and get into college. There's no drinking, drugs, or smoking; very little sexual content (one mom advises her daughter to stay a virgin); and only a few curse words (including one use of "s--t"). Violent content is minimal, too, except for footage of Baltimore riots at the beginning of the movie and references to a famous case in which a man died while in police custody. One of the team's dances references this case and the Black Lives Matter political movement. Expect a bounty of positive messages about teamwork and perseverance, as well as great real-life role models. These hardworking young women talk about being proud, having integrity, working hard, and caring for their families. Their teachers support them, push them, and honestly rate their chances for future success. This is a great choice for families with tweens and up (younger kids may lose interest between step performances).

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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Documentary
  • Release Date:August 4, 2017
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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