Release Date: May 13th (NYC-City Cinemas 1,2,3 and Landmark Sunshine) by Paramount Classics.
BASIC PREMISE: A documentary about a group of eleven year olds in P.S.115 who compete for the gold in a ballroom-dancing competition.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: The kids' liveliness is what makes this documentary so entertaining. They are certainly not camera-shy and love talk and share their thoughts about life. A lot of these kids talk like adults might talk--and the camera is set very low so that they appear to be taller as well. On top of that, they are very good dancers. The dance numbers are exciting and the competition itself is full of suspense. There aren't as many laughs as there was Spellbound, another movie about a competition with kids. However, there is cheerfulness to the movie that makes it very fun to watch.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: The dancers in P.S.115 are all very smart--some of them even too smart for their age. Their discussion of their future as well as certain big subjects such as marriage is very interesting. The fact that one of the dancers turned from a potential gangster to a gentleman is very touching. It also very refreshing to watch a documentary about an age group that is often forgotten about in most films. The ending is very uplifting and be sure to stay through the end credits. It was smart to leave the parents out because their kids are the real focus of this documentary.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 0
THE BOTTOM LINE: An energetic, uplifting documentary with great music, smart and lively kids, and wonderful dancing. Not as great as Spellbound, but still it is still a pleasure to watch.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (1st Run)
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