Mad Hot Ballroom
Source: Catholic News Service
Generally appealing documentary about ethnically diverse New York City elementary school students competing in citywide American Ballroom Theater's "Dancing Classrooms" program, focusing on the intense rehearsals leading up to the finals, which bring success and inevitably for some disappointment. Marilyn Agrelo and Amy Sewell's cinema-verite film would benefit from a glossier style, but the kids' precocious off-the-cuff remarks and growing adeptness at the rumba, tango, merengue, fox trot and swing are impressive and alternate between endearingly humorous and poignant, transcending the sometimes physical drabness of the urban public school setting. Overall positive themes of good sportsmanship and the power of the arts to improve one's life, though with some suggestive movements and mature thematic elements. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested.
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