Picks and Pans Review: Roll Bounce

updated 10/03/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/03/2005 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Bow Wow, Chi McBride, Meagan Good

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Roller disco lives in this delightful, unpretentious movie about a teenager training for a big skating contest. It's the summer of'78 (pre-Rollerblades) and Xavier Smith (Bow Wow), who lives with his widowed dad (McBride) and younger sister in a working-class section of Chicago, is practicing smooth dance moves that he and his buddies can show off at the rink. Roll Bounce, directed by Malcolm D. Lee (Undercover Brother), gets its period setting right, from its Afros to its knit shirts to its clunky shoes. But most important, the movie's heart is in the right place. (PG-13)


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