Australian Council on Children and the Media

Streetdance 3D

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Not recommended under 8, Parental Guidance recommended 8-13 (Violence, Themes, Sexual references, Coarse language)

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This topic contains:

  • overall comments and recommendations
  • details of classification and consumer advice lines for Streetdance 3D
  • a review of Streetdance 3D completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 27 May 2010.

Overall comments and recommendations

Children under 8 Lacks interest for this age group and not recommended due to violence and coarse language
Children aged 8-13 Parental guidance recommended due to themes, sexual references and coarse language
Children over the age of 13 OK for this age group

About the movie

This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines.

Name of movie: Streetdance 3D
Classification: PG
Consumer advice lines: Mild sexual references and coarse language
Length 98 minutes

ACCM review

This review of the movie contains the following information:

A synopsis of the story

Carly (Nicola Burley) is living her dream and taking her street dancing crew to the UK championships. She is devastated when her boyfriend Jay (Ukwele Roach) quits the crew and breaks up with Carly as well, claiming he needs time out. Carly is determined to get her crew to the finals, but lacks funds and rehearsal space. Consequently she accepts an offer of dance floor space on the condition she includes a group of ballet dancers. The collision between the two groups is not just about dancing style and they have to overcome much prejudice to work together.

Themesinfo

Children and adolescents may react adversely at different ages to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, death or separation from a parent, animal distress or cruelty to animals, children as victims, natural disasters and racism. Occasionally reviews may also signal themes that some parents may simply wish to know about.

Teenage relationships; intolerance and prejudice

Use of violenceinfo

Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.

Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.

There is some violence in this movie including:

  • a fight between security guards and the dance crew in a shopping mall
  • name calling and verbal insults
  • the trading of insults turns into a full-on food fight
  • Tomas (Richard Winsor) punches Carly’s boyfriend Jay

Material that may scare or disturb children

Under fiveinfo

Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.

Apart from the violent scenes listed above, there are no additional scenes that are likely to disturb children in this age group.

Aged five to eightinfo

Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.

Apart from some of the violence listed above, it is unlikely that anything in this film will disturb children in this age group.

Aged eight to thirteeninfo

Children aged eight to thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic threats and dangers, violence or threat of violence and / or stories in which children are hurt or threatened.

Apart from some of the violence listed above, it is unlikely that anything in this film will disturb children in this age group.

Over thirteeninfo

Children over the age of thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic physical harm or threats, molestation or sexual assault and / or threats from aliens or the occult.

Nothing of concern

Product placement

The following products are displayed or used in this movie:

  • Coca cola

Sexual references

There are some sexual references in this movie, including:

  • Jay refers to the fact that he and Carly had sex the previous night.

Nudity and sexual activity

There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:

  • Jay pulls Carly on to the bed – they are shown kissing in bed and sex is implied but nothing actually shown.
  • Female street dancers show lots of bare skin, wearing very skimpy clothing

Use of substances

There is some use of substances in this movie, including:

  • drinking in clubs

Coarse language

There is some coarse language in this movie, including:

  • arse
  • Oh my God
  • piss off
  • crap
  • fart

In a nutshell

Streetdance 3D is a dance movie that exhibits lots of hip-hop dance talent from the UK. The 3D effects don’t add a lot to the movie but there are some great dance sequences. It lacks interest for younger children but dance fans will enjoy this movie.

The main messages from this movie are that great things can be achieved when people can overcome prejudices and work together.

Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:

  • respect for differences
  • tolerance
  • collaboration
  • inclusivity

This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children attitudes and behaviours, and their real-life consequences, such as

  • making instant judgements of others
  • how being verbally aggressive will often lead to physical aggression

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