Parents' Guide to

Moonage Daydream

By Alistair Lawrence, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

David Bowie documentary has some language, sex, nudity.

Movie PG-13 2022 135 minutes
Moonage Daydream movie poster: David Bowie with red hair, platform shoes, and wearing a black and white stripy outfit

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age 16+

Based on 1 parent review

age 16+

Skip this! It is trash!

This movie is one of THE WORST documentaries I have ever seen! I watched the first 20 minutes of it and then pushed the “off” button. It was that bad! It was slow-moving, and all about David Bowie being sexy by being dressed in very sexual ways. The film also had very weird face designs throughout. It was not like your typical documentary with people being interviewed. It just seemed like David Bowie and his live performances with people being too dramatic over seeing him up close. As well as that, the beginning was very slow-moving. People keep saying that this is such a great movie, but I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who actually likes to watch a great film. It really it is worth the skip.

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Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say: Not yet rated

Writer-director Brett Morgen takes a relatively light touch to compiling this look at Bowie's life and work. Moving in more or less chronological order, Moonage Daydream shows the emergence of an iconic artist who describes his career in his own words. By putting Bowie front and center, the documentary avoids the norm of having friends and family provide broader perspectives of a the subject's life and work. This isn't a bad thing in itself, but it means the movie is powered mostly by the spectacle of Bowie's performances and reflections in interviews.

There are glimpses of some of the ups and downs of Bowie's career. Like all great musicians, he had periods where his popularity dipped and he struggled to establish the next phase of his impressive body of work. Among the news clips there are some brief, dissenting voices, but Moonage Daydream seems to find these an awkward fit. It is, understandably, more interested in compiling a lengthy mix of classic and never-before-seen footage, with the co-operation of Bowie's estate. Fans will likely welcome this, but those with a casual interest might be left wanting something more concise and comprehensive.

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