Skip to Content. Mary is not a typical helpless Cinderella, and she charms Joey by being herself. Joey defies his money-grubbing parents to get the girl. The stepmother figure, Dominique, is supposed to be over-the-top, and she gets enough laughs that there's no taking her bad behavior seriously, even though Mary is expected to do her bidding at every moment.
Twins Britt and Bree try to make Mary's life miserable, but they seem pretty pathetic themselves. Joey's conniving ex-girlfriend Natalia is truly mean until the very end. A mention that Mary's mother, who was one of Dominique's dancers, died before Dominique took her in. A couple of empty threats by Tami to the twin "step sisters" and Dustin in defense of Mary. Someone falls off a stage and ends up with two broken legs. A couple of kisses between teens. Girls -- and some boys -- fawn all over teen singer Joey Parker; one girl kisses him in the school hallway, another asks him if he wants to make out, and others rub up against him and embarrass themselves to get his attention.
Mary and Joey hang out alone together in her room and almost kiss on her bed. A mention by Dominque that some talk-show hosts had grabby hands. Some slightly sexy dancing moves. The Zune music player figures prominently in the story. Mary's friend Tami drives a VW bus. Phil , TiVo, and YouTube. A funny plug for the fake product "Baby Got Bacne.
Dominique likes her martinis and always seems a little inebriated; she embarrasses herself at parties and passes out one night. Adults drink at dinner.
Parents and caregivers: Set limits for violence and more with Plus. Compared to High School Musical , the dance moves are just slightly sexier, and there's a little kissing between teens.
Also, girls fawn all over a teen heartthrob to an embarrassing extent, even rubbing up against him suggestively in public. A Zune music player figures prominently in the plot, and the wicked stepmother likes her martinis. The mean behavior directed at the main character is typical of her Cinderella role and played as over the top for laughs. Join now. Add your rating See all 16 parent reviews. Add your rating See all 72 kid reviews. When she's not finishing up high school and dreaming of auditioning for the Manhattan Dance Academy, Mary Selena Gomez spends most of her time playing maid for her guardian, washed-up pop singer Dominique Blatt Jane Lynch , and Dominque's twin daughters Britt Emily Perkins and Bree Katherine Isabelle.
Then teen pop star Joey Parker Andrew Seeley enrolls in school and announces a big dance competition; the winner will star in his next video. Suddenly the incredibly uncoordinated Britt and Bree -- and the rest of the girls at school -- are clamoring for Joey's attention. But only one girl catches his eye at the masked ball -- Mary, of course -- and when she drops her Zune on the dance floor, Joey rushes to identify her.
Finally Mary comes forward, and the two practice their dance moves together while they do Mary's chores -- until a jealous ex-girlfriend and the twins do their best to separate them before the big dance competition. It's a lot to cram in, and it stalls a few times before the big dance finish. Lynch, a fabulous comedic actress, is both a wicked stepmother figure and a pathetic fading pop star her opening back acne commercial is laugh-out-loud funny.
Plus, instead of sticking to the most popular dance moves -- there are plenty of those throughout the rest of the movie -- the masked couple at the ball goes for classy and launches into a tango. And when Joey, the big star, smartly defies his money-grubbing parents and even helps Mary with the housework so he can spend time with her, the usual silent-but-handsome prince role takes on a lot more character. Families can talk about how the high school girls act around Joey Parker.
If you had a crush that severe, would you do anything for that person's attention? How does Joey handle all the unwanted attention? How do celebs in the news handle it? Do you think they deserve more privacy? Families can also discuss what made kids want to see this movie -- was it the fact that Selena Gomez was in it? How do you think the producers of this movie went about making sure kids knew it was coming out? Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.
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Parents recommend Popular with kids. Selena Gomez brings fresh pop fun to an old tale. PG 92 minutes. Rate movie. Watch or buy. Based on 16 reviews. Based on 72 reviews.
Get it now Searching for streaming and purchasing options Common Sense is a nonprofit organization. Your purchase helps us remain independent and ad-free. Get it now on Searching for streaming and purchasing options X of Y Official trailer. A lot or a little? The parents' guide to what's in this movie. Positive Messages. Not the helpless heroine message you usually get from Cinderella stories. Pretty mild.
One "damn," and someone says "frickin'" a few times in a row. What parents need to know Parents need to know that tweens will want to see this movie because it stars Disney Channel darling Selena Gomez, star of the TV show Wizards of Waverly Place.
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Written by Anonymous August 18, Good Movie Report this review. Teen, 14 years old Written by nataliedance June 23, And a great one. I'm 15 and I absolutely adore this movie. I'm a dancer and believe the moves they do to be perfectly normal and completely appropriate. There are a fe Continue reading. Report this review. Teen, 16 years old Written by sel10 December 15, What's the story? Continue reading Show less. Is it any good? Talk to your kids about Last updated : September 21, Our editors recommend.
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