Fabulous Films for Young Adults 2012: Song and Dance

Feature Films

Almost Famous, Dreamworks. 122 min. DVD Rated R. $12.99. www.dreamworksstudios.com

A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies it on their concert tour.

Bride and Prejudice, Miramax Home Video. DVD 107 min. Rated PG-13. $14.95. www.miramax.com

Bollywood meets Jane Austen in this bhangra musical version of Pride & Prejudice.

Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, Mutant Enemy, INC.  DVD Not Rated.  $14.99. www.drhorrible.com

"The world is a mess and I just...have to rule it!" Socially awkward Dr. Horrible tries to find the courage to talk to his love while brazenly (and musically) trying to take over the world.

Drumline, Fox. 118 min. DVD Rated PG-13. $14.98. www.foxconnect.com

A band director recruits a gifted Harlem street drummer to play in a Southern university marching band.

Hairspray (2007), New Line Home Video. 117 min. PG.  $5.98. www.newline.com/divisions

Pleasantly plump teenager Tracy Turnblad teaches 1962 Baltimore a thing or two about integration after landing a spot on a local TV dance show.

Idlewild, Universal Studios. 121 min. DVD Rated R. $12.98. www.universalstudiosentertainment.com

A musical set in the Prohibition-era American South, where a speakeasy performer and club manager Rooster must contend with gangsters who have their eyes on the club while his piano player and partner, Percival, must choose between his love, Angel, and his obligations to his father.

Newsies, Walt Disney Home Video. 121 min. DVD Rated PG.  $14.99. www.disneydvd.disney.go.com

A musical set at the turn of the century that follows the story of newspaper boys in New York.

Nick and Norahs Infinite Playlist, Sony Pictures.  90 min. DVD Rated PG-13. $9.99. www.sonypictures.com/homevideo

Nick and Norah's lives intersect when they meet while on a quest to find a secret concert by their favorite band.

Once Upon a Mattress, Buena Vista Home Entertainment. 90 min. DVD Rated PG. $14.99. www.disneydvd.disney.go.com

In this hilarious tweaking of the fairy tale, "The Princess and the Pea", Queen Aggravain has ruled that none may marry until her son, Prince Dauntless marries. However, she has managed to sabotage every princess that comes along.

Rodgers and Hammersteins Cinderella, (2003) Walt Disney Video. 88 min.  DVD Rated G. $14.99. www.disneydvd.disney.go.com

A prince, a pumpkin, a glass slipper ... history's most enduring fairy tale returns with a thoroughly modern twist!  Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella shimmers to life in the most spectacular Disney production ever of the classic musical.

Save the Last Dance, Paramount.  112 min. DVD  Rated PG-13.  $14.99.www.paramount.com

When tragedy strikes, Sara stops dancing and gives up her dreams of attending Juilliard. After meeting a love interest and learning some new dance moves from him, however, Sara regains her desire to study ballet at the famous school.

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Universal Studios. 112 min. DVD Rated PG-13 $19.98. www.universalstudiosentertainment.com

Scott Pilgrim plays in a band that aspires to success. He dates Knives Chau, a high-school girl five years younger, and he hasn't recovered from being dumped by his former girlfriend, now a success with her own band.

Selena, Warner Home Video.  128 min. DVD Rated PG. $5.99. www.wbshop.com

Jennifer Lopez plays Selena, a rising Tejano singer, who is learning to balance her life as a Mexican American performer.

The Sound of Music, Fox.  175 min.  DVD Rated G.  $34.99. www.foxconnect.com

A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.

Step Up, Touchstone/Disney. 104 min. DVD Rated PG-13. $14.99. www.disneydvd.disney.go.com

When a girl loses her dance partner, she discovers that the student doing community service as a janitor has dance skills that could help her win.

Strictly Ballroom, Miramax. 94 min. DVD Rated PG. $14.98. www.miramax.com

Scott is a ballroom dancer who adds non-ballroom steps to his dancing, infuriating his mother, his partner and everyone in his studio. When Scott teams up with ugly ducking newcomer Fran, they just might take over the Grand Prix.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Dreamworks. 116 min. DVD Rated R. $19.99. www.dreamworksstudios.com

Benjamin Barker is falsely accused of a crime and imprisoned for 15 years. When he returns to London, he learns that his beautiful wife committed suicide.  Barker changes his name to Sweeney Todd and embarks on a bloody plan to get revenge for his loss.

West Side Story, MGM. 152 min. DVD Not Rated. $25.00. www.shop.mgm.home

Tony and Maria are star-crossed lovers in an updated version of Romeo and Juliet.

8 Mile, Universal Studios.  110 min. DVD Rated R. $14.95. www.universalstudiosentertainment.com

A young rapper, struggling with every aspect of his life, wants to make the most of what could be his final opportunity but his problems give him doubts.


Chops, Virgil Films and Entertainment. 88 min. DVD  Not Rated.  $19.95. www.virgilfilmsent.com

High school students compete to win an opportunity to perform at a well-known venue and work with jazz musician Wynton Marsalis.

Every Little Step, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. 93 min. DVD Rated PG-13. $30.99. www.sonypictures.com/homevideo

This documentary follows the auditions of a group of actors for the revival production of A Chorus Line, while also telling the story behind the musical's creation and original cast.

Foo Fighters: Back and Forth, RCA. 135 min. DVD Not Rated. $18.98 www.foofightersfilm.com

A true chronicling of the triumphs and tragedies of the band's 16 year history, Back and Forth chronicles Foo Fighters entire existence: from Dave Grohl's cassette demos to the band forming to play those songs to their ascent to becoming one of the biggest rock bands on the planet--and every Grammy® win and sold out show along the way.

Maos Last Dancer, 20th Century Fox. 117 min. DVD Rated PG. $19.98. www.foxmovies.com

A drama based on the autobiography by Li Cunxin. At the age of 11, Li was plucked from a poor Chinese village by Madame Mao's cultural delegates and taken to Beijing to study ballet.

Only When I Dance, Film Movement. 78 min. DVD Not Rated. $24.95.


This film follows the lives of two ambitious young dancers, Irlan and Isabela, as they train their talents and try to leave the favelas from which they come.

War Dance, Thinkfilm. 107 min. DVD Rated PG-13. $14.98.


Set in war-raved Northern Uganda, the award-winning War Dance will touch your heart with a real-life story about a group of children whose love of music brings joy, excitement and hope back into their poverty-stricken lives.