I don’t know why Netflix didn’t do more to promote Feel The Beat because it was a super cute, feel good film that put a big smile on my face. I have loved Sofia Carson since her rise to fame in Descendants so I knew regardless that she would rock this role. She is a triple threat after all!
The story follows April (Sofia Carson) an aspiring Broadway star hoping to catch her big break. After an incident threatens to ruin her career forever, she returns to her hometown with her tail between her legs.
Hoping to lay low for a while and think strategically about her next move, April is one day recruited to train a group of young dancers for a big competition. The catch? She could end up getting her name back out there because well known musical producer Welly Wong (Rex Lee) is a judge on the panel.
April knows that this may be her last shot at making her dreams come true. Although she accepts, teaching these kids is no easy task. This new gig will require patience and a lot of time. Throw in an ex boyfriend who she never really got over and she’s got a lot on her plate.
Movies that focus heavily on children are not usually my thing, but instead I found myself rooting for them throughout. Each had a unique story that made you fall for them. One in particular, the daughter of the football coach (Shaylee Mansfield), is deaf. She communicates in sign language and it was touching to see the rest of the dance troupe all knew how to do so as well to help her out. There was also a little boy (Justin Allan) who I believe stole the entire movie. He joins the team about halfway through and really brings it all together. I could not stop melting every time he came on screen.
The adult cast were great too with Enrico Colantoni of Veronica Mars fame as April’s dad and of course Rex Lee as Welly Wong. Donna Lynne Champlin was hilarious as Miss Barb and hello Wolfgang Novogratz! Where have you been all my life?
If you are looking for a movie that you don’t have to take seriously, but one that will also touch on important life values, then I do recommend this. Just be prepared for some cringey and cliched moments.