Step up: All in

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Not suitable under 8 (scary scenes); not recommended 8-12; parental guidance recommended 12 – 14 (Themes; Coarse language)

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  • overall comments and recommendations
  • details of classification and consumer advice lines for Step up: All in
  • a review of Step up: All in completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 15 September 2014.

Overall comments and recommendations

Children under 8 Not suitable due to scary scenes, themes and coarse language
Children aged 8 to 12 Not recommended due to themes and coarse language
Children aged 12 to 14 Parental guidance recommended due to themes
Children aged 14 and over 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. Other classification advice (OC) is provided where the Australian film classification is not available.

Name of movie: Step up: All in
Classification: PG
Consumer advice lines: Mild coarse language
Length: 112 minutes

ACCM review

This review of the movie contains the following information:

A synopsis of the story

Step up: All in is the fifth film in the Step up dance movies franchise. Sean (Ryan Guzman) and his dance crew ‘The MOB’ are struggling to make a living in Los Angeles. The MOB decide to move back to Miami but Sean decides to stay in LA and pursue his dancing. Sean and his friend Moose (Adam Sevani) decide to form a new dance crew called LMNTRIX and compete in a reality television show for the chance to win a three year dance contract in Las Vegas. Familiar faces from past Step up films, such as Andie (Briana Evigan), join the new dance crew.

While competing in Las Vegas, LMNTRIX faces many challenges, such as threats from rival crews, cheating and the resurgence of The MOB. Through these challenges the crew must learn to work together and trust each other if they are to succeed. 


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.

Relationship breakdown; financial hardship; fame and success; gambling

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:

  • Some pushing and shoving between rival dance crews
  • The dance battles are often threatening and aggressive
  • One of the dance battles takes place in a boxing ring and the dance moves glamourise violence 

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.

In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under the age of five, including the following:

  • The movie mostly takes place in dark clubs with loud aggressive music and intense flashing lights.
  • In one of the dance sequences the characters are dressed as zombies and some of them pretend to be electrocuted.
  • During the dance battles there is often loud screaming and shouting in support of the dancers and this might be confronting for young children.
  • In the final dance battle some of the characters are dancing with fire and electric sparks spraying down from the roof.

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.

Children in this age group are also likely to be affected by the above mentioned scenes

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.

Younger children in this age group may be scared by some of the above-mentioned scenes

Thirteen and overinfo

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.

Children in this age group are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this film

Product placement

The following products are displayed or used in this movie:

  • Nike: the characters wear Nike clothing and frequently reference a Nike advertisement in which they danced.
  • VH1: a television network which hosts the dance reality television show in the movie
  • Google
  • Caesars Palace in Las Vegas (and other Vegas hotels)

Sexual references

There are some sexual references in this movie, including:

  • On several occasions the male characters stare provocatively at a female and make sexual comments about what she is wearing.

Nudity and sexual activity

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

  • Sexualized dancing
  • Some of the dancers wear tight revealing clothing that emphasises cleavage and bottoms.
  • Couples are shown passionately kissing
  • Some of the males are shown with their shirts off

Use of substances

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

  • The main characters are seen drinking alcohol and getting tipsy, and there are a few mentions of getting drunk for fun

Coarse language

There is some coarse language in this movie, including:

  • shit; fuck; ass; jerk; douchebag
  • use of the middle finger


In a nutshell

Step Up: All in is the 5th film in this series. It is an energetic dance film about working hard to follow your dreams, but also about learning to value friendship over success. The film is not recommended for children under 12, with parental guidance recommended for 12 to 14 year olds. Younger children may be scared by some scenes and parents may be concerned by the sexual references, coarse language, gambling and substance use in the film. This film is likely to appeal to fans of the series, and other teen and adult viewers who enjoy watching energetic dance sequences.

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

  • working together
  • leadership
  • honesty and trust
  • no one is perfect

Parents may also wish to discuss the real-life consequences of gambling.