Liam Gallagher: Knebworth 22
By Tom Cassidy,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Former Oasis singer's show has rock classics, bad language.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
How music can connect people and provide a means for people to enjoy themselves. Some songs have confrontational lyrics that put others down.
Positive Role Models
Liam Gallagher is a rock singer who plays a concert with a talented group of musicians. In short interview segments he walks the line between confident and arrogant, but says he performs to bring people happiness and create unity. His hellraiser reputation is put aside during the show when he chats with a child on the front row and dedicates a song to his mom.
The whole band is White men around middle age. Three women of color sing backing vocals throughout the show. A predominantly Black choir joins for some songs.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A woman in the crowd kisses a man on the cheek.
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Gallagher says "f---ing" multiple times during a voiceover interview and while addressing the crowd. One song contains the word "s--t" and "c--t" is ad-libbed into the lyrics of another. Crowd member playfully makes a rude hand gesture to the camera.
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Products & Purchases
The concert is made up of commercially available songs by Liam Gallagher and his former band, Oasis.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Crowd members hold alcoholic drinks and a few are seen with cigarettes. Some references in song lyrics, including the hedonistic Cigarettes & Alcohol. Gin is mentioned in another song. Champagne Supernova references "getting high."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Liam Gallagher: Knebworth 22 is a concert film featuring the former Oasis frontman returning to the venue that hosted his band's landmark concert in 1996. That show was covered in the documentary Oasis Knebworth 1996. Here Gallagher and his excellent band play songs from his solo career and revisit Oasis classics. Gallagher uses strong language in a short interview segment and between songs, with "f---ing" used the most. He also changes the lyrics to ad-lib "c--t" during an angry song. Elsewhere, he chats with a young child in the front row and dedicates a song to his mom, so language aside, there's no real rock and roll bad behavior.
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What's the Story?
In LIAM GALLAGHER: KNEBWORTH 22, the former Oasis frontman returns to the venue that hosted his band's iconic 1996 concert for a show packed with solo career songs and Oasis classics.
Is It Any Good?
A surprise feel-good movie, this music documentary is an uplifting concert film that shows a rock star still able to shine. Liam Gallagher: Knebworth 22 features a solid set of songs from Gallagher's solo career but it's no surprise that the real magic comes when he gives the crowd what they really want. Gallagher and his huge band (an army of guitarists, two drummers, a choir) perform Oasis classics in a way that harnesses their essential energy. This kinetic energy runs through the film. It showcases Gallagher's towering presence while capturing crowd moments of emotional reactions, both from individuals and as a whole crowd.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the experience of going to a concert as depicted in Liam Gallagher: Knebworth 22. Have you ever been to a performance by a band or singer? What do you think is the appeal of people getting together to enjoy live music?
Discuss the strong language heard in the film. Did it add anything?
What did you think of Liam Gallagher? Is he someone to look up to? Why, or why not?
- In theaters: November 17, 2022
- On DVD or streaming: December 6, 2022
- Cast: Liam Gallagher
- Director: Toby L
- Studio: Paramount+
- Genre: Documentary
- Topics: Music and Sing-Along
- Run time: 97 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Last updated: March 27, 2023
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