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Into the Spotlight is a remarkable film! The film includes lots of singing, dancing, and some romance as well. It is also great if you are a fan of plot twists because there is definitely a jaw dropper for this one, it was extremely fun to watch!

The storyline follows Laura Banks (Kate Larson) who has a passion for singing and songwriting but not the best confidence to do so. She is very shy when it comes to audiences and performing, but when she is alone she sings with grace and no fear. Laura's friends, Riley (Marisa Lynae Hampton), Ben (Raphael Ruggero) and David (Justin Sterner) are just as talented as she is. Laura ends up unintentionally falling into fame and, in the process, loses touch with her authentic self. As she juggles with the trappings of success her identity becomes overshadowed, but with the guidance of her parents and friends, she embarks on a journey of rediscovering herself for the better, seeking to reclaim the genuine essence of who she is before it's too late.

This film has numerous surprising turns that kept me on my toes throughout the entire film. There's the ideal high school drama between the protagonist, Laura, and her school bully Violet (Isabelle Almoyan) who twists up issues and adds fuel to the fire whenever she can. Additionally, there a school talent show where Laura makes her debut with her friends that practically puts her on the map. An important theme is to never be afraid because you might miss out on something great if you do. The costumes are very relatable --gorgeous and classy. The sets are cool as well; some are at the school and others are impressive homes, vintage retail stores, and fabulous apartments. The whole time I thought how this film is both surreal and relatable all at once. The songs are catchy and perfectly match the various scenes. As for the actors' performances, they are executed well but lacked emotion. Everything makes sense in the end and none of it is expected.

The film's message is to never lose sight of who you are and to stay true to yourself along with the ones you love. Steer clear of those who want to change you for the worse.

I give Into the Spotlight 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18, plus adults. Into the Spotlight releases September 1, 2023 on VOD!

By SaniyaRain F., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 15

Into the Spotlight is a film full of teaching that I enjoyed and felt thrilled because it talks about success and this film really defines that!

The storyline follows Laura Banks (Kate Larson), a teenager who is discovering what she wants, and a scholarly event suddenly shows the girl what her purpose is. Everything is right but someone very important to Laura's career has an idea that goes against the girl's thoughts and can change her life as well as everybody else involved.

What I enjoy about this film is how it depicts situations very similar to the days of many students; it addresses serious subjects that we need to learn, including music and singing, which I relate to. My favorite part is when Laura becomes courageous and shows everybody her talent. Laura's energy is contagious! I like the way Laura's father is kind to her and is always on her side. I love seeing such a great example of good parenting. The costumes are very typical of what a young person might wear today. For example the t-shirts the teenagers wear to school and what they usually use. The soundtrack is very important for the film and the singers perform them quite admirably. For example, I enjoyed the music when Laura sings and the music in a sad scene made it very touching.

The film's message is a reminder to choose friends for quality not quantity, and believe in yourself.

I give Into the Spotlight 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 12 to 18 plus adults. It will be available on VOD and DVD September 1, 2023.

By Anna Clara B., KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, age 13

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Into the Spotlight centers on a high schooler who grew up writing music with her rockstar dad but always preferred to stay out of the limelight. When her best friend isn't able to perform, she steps in as her substitute at their high school talent show. The incredible performance goes viral, and she becomes an overnight star.
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