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Battle of the Year


A group of underdog B-Boys and their coaches gun for the Battle of the Year competition's top spot. Witness electrifying performances and mind blowing moves set to an amped soundtrack.

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common sense

ON for kids age 13
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
4 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
1 out of 5
2 out of 5

Passable drama has great dancers but no originality.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Battle of the Year is a drama about a hip-hop dance crew (including a cocky dancer played by musician Chris Brown) training to take on the world's best groups in an international competition. Though it lacks originality, it emphasizes teamwork above ego and artistry over showboating. A main character is an alcoholic who's trying to quit. Expect plenty of swearing -- "s--t," "damn," "hell," etc. -- and some sexual innuendo and confrontational behavior, primarily shouting and one fistfight. Several products are shown, especially those from Sony.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the coach's approach to team-building and training. Cliched as it may seem, what does it truly mean when someone says there's no "I" in team?
  • Is Battle of the Year different from other dance movies? The same? Is there a formula? And if so, does there have to be?
  • What does the coach learn from his dancers?