"Marred By a Few Light Profanities"
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SNEAKERELLA is a fun take on the Cinderella story. The musical numbers are catchy, and the cast does a good job. However, SNEAKERELLA has mixed Romantic and moral content. The movie stresses destiny, following your dreams and magic from outside forces to make those dreams come true. It also stresses friendship, helping others, kindness, and integrity. SNEAKERLLA has no obscenities, but it contains 6 light profanities. MOVIEGUIDE® advises slight caution.
SNEAKERELLA is a musical streaming on Disney+ about a young aspiring sneaker designer whose dead mother’s sneaker store is on the verge of closing unless he can come up with a plan to save it. SNEAKERELLA is a fun take on the Cinderella story, but it has a mixed worldview with Romantic and moral content and more than 6 light profanities such as “OMG”.
El works for his stepfather in his late mother’s sneaker store in Queens, New York. El is creative, constantly sketching ideas for a new shoe, but his stepfather wants his head out of the clouds and into his work. In fact, his stepfather has an important person coming to the store at 7 pm and needs El to clean up the place, even though it’s his day off.
Despite his stepfather, El locks up the store after his stepfather and stepbrothers leave for the day so he and his best friend, Sami, can go to the launch of a new shoe by Darius King. Before the friends make it on to the train, Gustavo, a neighborhood friend of El’s, asks him for help in his garden, and he stops to lend a hand. After the detour, El and Sami make it to the launch location, but the line is wrapped around the building. A girl named Kira sneaks them into her spot in the line, but it’s no use because the shoes sell out.
El takes Kira to Queens for the day to show her his neighborhood. However, El loses track of time and returns to the store to find his stepfather extremely upset. His stepfather grounds him for leaving his responsibilities.
Meanwhile, Kira gets picked up by a driver to go home to a penthouse in Manhattan. It turns out that Kira is actually the daughter of Darius King himself! Kira tells her father she doesn’t think their new sneaker design will be a hit. So, Darius makes a deal with Kira. If she can find a designer with talent and a good portfolio, they’ll change the sneaker ahead of Sneakercon.
Back in Queens, El and Sami make the connection that Kira is Kira King, basically sneaker royalty. But the store isn’t financially feasible for El’s stepfather anymore, and he plans to sell to Footlocker if he can. This news devastates El, because the store holds so many memories he has with his late mother. Also, sneakers are his passion, and he believes they’re a window to the soul.
When El and Kira went their separate ways the other day, they forgot to exchange social media information so could contact each other. So, Sami comes up with the idea for El to design a pair of shoes for the Kings’ charity gala. However, just as El and Sami’s plan comes to fruition, El’s stepbrothers lock him up in the store. Thankfully, Gustavo comes to save the day, but El and Sami will only have until Midnite.
Will El be able to make it in time to show off his design and save the store?
SNEAKERELLA is a fun take on the Cinderella story. The production quality is great and includes some nice animation and neat special effects. There are a few instances of flashbacks to provide greater context for the story, but they don’t distract from the story’s flow. The musical numbers are also lots of fun too, and the cast does a great job with their characters.
SNEAKERELLA has a mixed Romantic and moral worldview. On the one hand, it stresses destiny fate, following your dreams and magic from outside forces to make those dreams come true. On the other hand, it stresses friendship, helping others, kindness, and integrity. In one scene, characters call another character a “sneaker psychic” because he can guess things about a person based on the shoes they wear. Also, in another scene, a female character says she has a girlfriend. SNEAKERLLA has no obscenities, but it contains 6 light profanities. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises slight caution.
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