What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this drama about a troubled Latina who turns to dance as a way of finding direction in her life has positive messages about self-confidence and education, but they're sometimes overshadowed by family dysfunction and poor choices. Expect some strong language (including "s--t," "f--k," and Spanish curses), sexual imagery (though no nudity), arguments, and physical violence (including murder), drinking, and some drug use. The immigrant experience and racism are also briefly discussed.
  • Families can talk about the movie's messages. Are they strong enough to come through despite the sometimes-iffy content? How do they compare to the messages in other dance-centric dramas you've seen?
  • What are some of the ways that the film addresses stereotypes? How do these stereotypes factor into the way that Carmen feels about herself and about the way she looks at the world? What about the way the world sees her?
  • Why do you think Carmen is often defensive and disrespectful? Why do you think Mr. Marin is interested in helping her?
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