Let It Shine
In this sparkling take on "Cyrano de Bergerac," an underconfident teen rapper woos the girl of his dreams through his music. Unfortunately for the talented young songwriter, his ladylove thinks his best friend is the one behind the fresh rhymes.
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- Paul Hoen
- This movie is
- DVD and streaming
TV-GGeneral Audience. Most parents would find this program suitable for all ages.
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Let It Shine stars familiar faces like Coco Jones (So Random!), Tyler James Williams (Everybody Hates Chris), and Brandon Mychal Smith (So Random!), so chances are your tween will want to watch it. Happily the movie lives up to Disney's straight-laced standards, balancing squeaky-clean content with a clever story that relates the classic Cyrano de Bergerac tale to a modern-day love story rooted in the hip-hop and rap culture. Expect some mild name-calling and put-downs between teens and some rebellious behavior on the part of a teen who has to break a few of his dad's rules to follow his dreams. Families will like the movie's positive messages about self-confidence, friendship, and staying true to yourself, all of which are reflected in the music on the soundtrack that's sure to be heavily marketed as well.
- Sexual Content
- Two teens vie for a beautiful girl's attention, but there's nothing physical about the flirtatious exchanges. Occasionally it's said that someone looks "hot."
- A brief scuffle between teens during an argument, and a girl slaps a guy when she realizes he lied to her.
- No cursing, but there's name-calling like "stupid" and "jerk," plus one instance of "butt."
- Social Behavior
- Several lessons about being true to yourself and confident in your self-worth. Friendship, honesty, and open-mindedness are also points of reference in this story that celebrates conquering fear and connecting with people in new ways. The plot is rooted in rap, hip-hop, and gospel culture, so there are religious undertones as well.
- Music plays a big role in this movie, so naturally there's a soundtrack available.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Not applicable
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it