Ensemble drama with music follows a class of gifted students
(most prominently Kay Panabaker, Asher Book, Naturi Naughton
and Collins Pennie) and their dedicated teachers (among them
Kelsey Grammer, Charles S. Dutton and Bebe Neuwirth) through
four years at a New York City high school for the performing
arts. Director Kevin Tancharoen's remake of Alan Parker's
1980 celebration of creative exuberance jettisons most of the
original's objectionable elements but, some enjoyable musical
numbers aside, the results are mostly tepid.
Watch out for: A scene involving suicide, a sexual
situation, underage drinking, at least one use of profanity,
and a half-dozen crude and a few crass terms.
Rated: USCCB: A-III; MPAA: PG