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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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Critics Consensus: Step tells an irresistibly crowd-pleasing story in a thoroughly absorbing way -- and while smartly incorporating a variety of timely themes.
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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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- Release Date:August 4, 2017
- Captions:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:5.1
- Screen Pass Eligible:No
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