High Strung

2016 PG 1h 36m DVD

High Strung

2016 PG 1h 36m DVD
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When classical dance student Ruby Adams meets street musician Johnnie Blackwell, the attraction is mutual. With both facing adversity, the pair -- aided by a hip-hop dance crew -- begins preparing for a competition in which everything is at stake.
Keenan Kampa, Nicholas Galitzine, Jane Seymour, Richard Southgate, Sonoya Mizuno, Anabel Kutay, Marcus E. Mitchell, John Silver, Ian Eastwood, Comfort Fedoke, Maia Morgenstern, Paul Freeman, Miranda Wilson, Dragos Savulescu
Michael Damian
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 12+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 12+
age 12+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that High Strung is a celebration of the artistic life, looking at the hard work, perseverance, and dedication that make musicians and dancers become great, whether they're classically trained or hip-hop street performers. The emphasis is on working to improve your performance; to that end, dancers' bodies are shown off while they do their thing (clothed, but sometimes suggestively so). Male characters are also shown shirtless, and there's some kissing. Characters don't always make the smartest decisions (one student parties so much that it initially impacts her ability to perform, for instance), but many grow and learn key lessons over the course of the movie. The language is on the mild side -- "bitch," "butt," "screwed," etc. -- and there's some social drinking.

Sexual Content

Kissing. Male characters seen shirtless. Friends look for a sexy dress to wear to a party. A man and woman eye each other, recognizing a mutual attraction. A woman is kissed by a stranger who later becomes her boyfriend; it's implied that they're sleeping together. Dancers tango suggestively at a party. Friends describe a boyfriend as "sexy fierce."


Someone knocks a girl down in the subway. A lout knocks over a waiter's tray and then blames the waiter. Theft. Scuffles between friends.


"Butt," "I'm screwed," "sucks," "pissing someone off," "bitch."

Social Behavior

Artists, dancers, and musicians should make art for the sake of art, not commerce. Even those with artistic talent need to study and work hard to become the best they can be. Music and dance are links to the soul. Don't strive for perfection; imperfections keep us alive.


Times Square signage.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Adults drink socially at a bar and a party. Someone suggests a guy is "chemically altered." A student's partying initially impacts her ability to perform at the top of her game (drinking isn't shown but is implied).

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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