Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Twinkle Toes was inspired by Skechers' popular girls' line of glittery shoes and was produced by the Skechers company. Although the movie is a promotional vehicle for the shoes, it's not quite as obvious as in doll-based movies, like Barbie, Bratz, or My Little Pony. Following Grace, a girl who loves to dance but has extreme stage fright, the story should appeal to kids -- particularly girls -- even if they aren't familiar with the Skechers shoes. There's not much iffy material here, although some families may chafe at the stereotypical portrayal of little old Jewish man. There's also some mild insulting language like "loser" and a few mentions of Grace's dead mother.
Grace flirts with Jordan, her handsome classmate.
Grace has a deep fear of dancing in front of anyone besides her pet bunny. When she explores the reason for her stage fright, she discovers that she was yelled at by a mean dance instructor when she was a little girl. Grace is motherless and, in one touching scene, asks her late mom to provide her the courage to attend the arts school.
Insults like "what a loser" and "stupid."
For a movie based on sparkly shoes, Twinkle Toes features more positive messages than you might expect: facing and overcoming fears, standing up for yourself, and believing in your gifts and talents, even when faced with a bully or naysayer.
This movie is based on the Skechers brand's popular Twinkle Toes shoe line for girls. Grace wears her Twinkle Toes throughout the entire movie, especially when she dances. At one point she even bejewels them with sparkles, just like the Skechers shoes. Grace refers to her "special shoes" a couple of times.
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