Seriously uneven but often charming, this family comedy from the producers of Barbershop is steeped in mid-70s nostalgia, with a heavy infusion of bell-bottom fashion and great soul and disco numbers. Kid rapper Bow Wow stars as a Chicago boy who forgets his mother's recent death by skating with his buddies at a local roller disco. The mawkish father-son drama climaxes in a painfully hokey scene involving a baseball bat and a car windshield, but the roller-rink story exploits an energetic cast of young actors that includes Nick Cannon, Khleo Thomas (Holes), Rick Gonzalez (Coach Carter), and Jurnee Smollett, who played the title character in Eve's Bayou (1997) and has since grown into a little doll and an inspired clown. Malcolm D. Lee directed. PG-13, 107 min.
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