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Leap! | 2017 | PG | - 1.2.1

Editor's Note: The film has also been released internationally as "Ballerina" and it has been reported that the two versions have been edited differently and some plot points and scenes may be different.

Animated film about two orphans that escape from their orphanage and make their way to Paris, where they hope to achieve their dreams of becoming a ballet dancer and an inventor. With the voices of Elle Fanning, Dane DeHaan, Carly Rae Jepsen, Maddie Ziegler, Mel Brooks and Kate McKinnon. Directed by Eric Summer & Éric Warin. [1:29]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A woman kisses a boy on the cheek. A man kisses a woman on the cheek. A girl kisses a boy on the cheek. A boy puts his hand on a girl's shoulder and she growls at him (he moves away). A boy leans toward a girl while puckering his lips; she asks what he is doing and he is embarrassed. A girl throws a kiss to a boy while watching him dance. A train lurches and a girl falls on top of a boy (she recoils from the smell of his breath). A girl falls asleep on a boy's shoulder in a train car.
 A boy disguises himself as a nun to escape an orphanage (we see the outline of breasts under a long robe).


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VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A woman hits a boy in the head with a wrench (he falls unconscious), then chases a girl up a ladder with a large sledgehammer and up a tall statue where the girl falls; she is caught and the woman gets entangled in ropes. A boy and a girl run from a man who chases them onto a roof where the boy spreads mechanical wings and he and the girl glide off the roof; they crash into a wagon and are chased by the man on a motorcycle as the wagon careens through rocks and a tunnel before the children jump on a train and get away when the man crashes into a tree stump (we do not see injuries, but we ear the man say, "Pain"). A woman holds a cane across a girl's throat and the girl gasps; the woman lets her go but tells her to leave the premises. A girl climbs across a steep roof. Two boys argue and insult each other, then swing at each other and slap each other; one boy punches the other in the stomach and he doubles over.
 A woman and a girl scrub a long staircase until morning and another woman kicks the bucket of dirty water back onto the stairs just as they finish. A woman drags a girl by the arm and puts her into a carriage to take her to an orphanage. A man grabs a girl by the hand and threatens to call the police. A girl grabs a music box from another girl and throws it out a window (we see it broken on the ground as the first girl mocks the other girl). Two girls do a dance-off and one pulls the other's hair (she falls but is OK), they continue to dance and one shoves the other down a flight of stairs (she is OK).
 Several pigeons swarm a boy on a bridge and he falls over the side landing on a barge below. A boy and a girl dance on a rooftop, he throws her and she slides down the slope of the roof, crashes into a chimney and falls through a window (she is OK). A girl is spun on a wheel during training and tries to walk without spilling cups of water (she falls several times). A girl leaps and crashes to the ground (she's OK). A boy and a girl go to a bar and the girl dances on the bar and tables while he crowd cheers her on until she falls and tips a table over (she is unharmed). A girl stumbles and falls a couple of times while dancing on a stage.
 A boy with mechanical wings is slammed against a light pole then thrown onto a passing carriage where he dangles by his ankle (no injuries are seen). A boy bumps his head on a large bell several times (his eyes roll in his head but we do not see injuries). A girl trips and falls on the floor (she is OK). A girl flings dirty plates across a room to a boy who catches them until one plate breaks on a man's head (no injuries show). A girl has flashbacks to being an infant in her mother's arms. A boy is nearly struck by darts in a bar. A girl becomes frustrated and grumbles several times when she practices jumping. A boy falls through a set of doors and says, "I broke my everything," (we see no injuries). A man says, "She's lost her spirit."
 A woman and a girl are disparaging toward another woman and another girl in several scenes throughout the movie. A woman yells at another woman. A man grabs a girl by the arm and yells at her calling her a thief and a woman intervenes. A woman tells a girl, "I hate kids, especially orphans." A man yells at a boy and the boy makes a comment about the man's eyes looking in two directions. A boy and a girl talk about escaping an orphanage. A woman tells a girl, "Dreams are not reality and life is brutal." A girl says, "He hates me." A woman says, "I could lose my job." A girl yells at a woman and says, "You're not my mom."
 A pigeon defecates on a boy's shoulder (we see a glop of goop). A boy flatulates and a girl holds her nose. A reference is made to someone vomiting. A still image shows a boy holding a lighter to another boy's clothed buttocks causing a flare as the second boy presumably flatulates. A boy blows his nose into his hand loudly (we do not see the result). A boy scratches his clothed buttock. A boy says, "I wet myself."


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LANGUAGE 1 - 1 mild obscenity, name-calling (grumpy face, liar, witch, ginger orphans, idiots, depressed elephant, stupid, weirdo, dishonest, unkind, nit-wit, rude, beggars, big fool, hairy asparagus, dirty, smelly, losers, nothing, no class, biological mutation, little rat girl, dirty little rat, pathetic, exhausting), 1 religious exclamation (Oh My God).


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SUBSTANCE USE - Adults are shown with alcoholic beverages at a bar.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Dreams, orphans, death of a parent, Paris, romance, friendship, separation, wealth, success, effort, dashed dreams, dignity, jealousy, vengeance.

MESSAGE - Dreams can come true. You'll never accomplish anything if you don't take a chance. You can't be really good at something without passion.

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Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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