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Step Up 3D | 2010 | PG-13 | - 3.3.5

A young man (Rick Malambri) recruits an assortment of young people to form a dance group and compete in a dance battle with a million dollar prize; but if they don't win, it may mean they'll lose everything. An NYU freshman (Adam G. Sevani) is enticed to dance again. Also with Sharni Vinson, Alyson Stoner, Harry Shum Jr., Ally Maki, Christopher Scott, Ruby Feliciano, Luis Rosado, Stephen 'Twitch' Boss, Kendra Andrews, Keith "Remedy" Stallworth and Joe Slaughter. Directed by Jon Chu. [1:37]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A young man and a young woman hug and kiss in a few scenes. Another young man and a young woman kiss.
 Several men and women dance a "broken tango," with suggestive moves, caressing each other and deep dips. Men and women in a dance club dance with some suggestive moves: a female dancer presses a male dancer against a wall and moves close to his face (as if to kiss), a male and a female dancer thrust their hips toward each other, women dancing in a club move toward a young man and another young man says, "Watch out, they bite," and male dancers frequently grab their crotches during dance sequences (it appears to be a threatening gesture).
 Young men are shown bare-chested in several scenes. A young man lifts his shirt to reveal his bare chest and abdomen while trying to get the attention of another young man. Young women wear short tops that reveal cleavage and bare abdomens in several scenes. A young woman wears a sports bra that reveals cleavage, bare abdomen and a naval piercing.
 A young man guides a young woman out of a crowded club and into a small room, they stand close together talking and he invites her to stay the night (she accepts and we see her setting up a bed; no sex is implied).
 A young boy puts his arm around a girl's shoulders (she removes it immediately). Two young men kiss a young woman's hands and remark about her being attractive. Two young men kiss a young woman on the cheeks at the same time.
 A young woman asks another young woman, "You are totally in love with him aren't you?" about a young man.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - An argument in a crowded dance club leads to people shoving each other and yelling (no one is shown getting hurt).
 A young man is confronted in a restroom by several other young men: they dance aggressively and jump toward and around him, until he splashes one of them in the face and runs away.
 During dance battles, the combatants frequently move close to each other on the dance floor and behave in an aggressive and threatening manner by making angry gestures, shoving and bumping chests together. Dancers perform moves that resemble punches landing on each other (one throws a punch and the other behaves as if he is struck). Dance moves include gestures that resemble firing guns and slashing across the throat. One battle shows a dancer on all fours pulling against a collar and chain around his neck. Dancers do a move that looks as if their necks are separating from their own bodies.
 Two young men run from police after an incident in a park, where one of the young men popped a huge quantity of balloons that another man was there to sell.
 A young man and a young woman run and jump over obstacles on a rooftop. Dancers practice dives and tumbles in a room with padded walls and a large foam pit.
 A woman squirts a young man and a young woman with a garden hose while yelling at them.
 A young man says, "I just threw up in my mouth" after sprinting. A young man and a young woman yell at each other. There are a couple of heated confrontations between two young men. A father makes a disparaging remark to his son about the son having been a dancer, and that the father is glad that he "Gave up the dancing thing."
 There are several scenes that depict a young man being threatened by a bank about his property being seized due to lack of payment.
 A young man stands in a urinal and presumably urinates (we neither see nor hear anything).


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LANGUAGE 5 - At least 1 F-word, 1 scatological term, 3 anatomical terms, 4 mild obscenities, name-calling (ridiculous).


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SUBSTANCE USE - None.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Family, broken families, death of parents, dancing, passion, pursuing dreams, responsibility, betrayal, trust, lying, leaving home for college, hope, friendship, competition, winning and losing, rules, fixing a competition, choices, property seizure, jealousy.

MESSAGE - Be true to who you are. Live your own dreams.

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