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Empowerment, self-assurance, self-expression, inclusiveness, and a celebration of diversity are all showcased throughout the film.
Positive Role Models
Beyoncé worked tirelessly to bring her seventh studio album to life on stage and present an outstanding concert experience for fans worldwide. She displays perseverance in the face of adversity and injury. She's unapologetic about her clear communication and expectations. Beyoncé's perfectionism and dedication to her craft are showcased through her unparalleled work ethic in production meetings, rehearsals, and fashion fittings. Beyoncé's team of dancers, singers, engineers, and musicians also worked very hard on the show. She shares her genuine appreciation for their commitment. Beyoncé is an icon who is an inspiration to many.
Beyoncé is an advocate for diverse and oppressed communities, which is evident in Renaissance's lyrics and celebration of Black America, as well as queer culture. Her dancers, musicians, and backup singers are from diverse backgrounds, with inclusive body shapes and sizes. Beyoncé wears several costumes made by Black designers.
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Violence & Scariness
A song lyric refers to terrorists and weaponry.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Beyoncé and her performers wear tight/low-cut clothing, and some dance moves could be interpreted as sexual/suggestive. Some lyrics refer to sex.
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Lyrics include the words "bitch," "s--t," "f--k," "ho," "motherf----r," the "N" word, and "hell."
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Products & Purchases
Beyoncé is a major brand at this point, and the film is a big promotional vehicle for her and her music. She has also released Renaissance perfume and other tour-related merchandise. Husband Jay-Z's champagne brand, Armand de Brignac, is advertised on a poster at every concert.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lyrics include references to drinking alcohol and cocaine. Beyoncé is seen holding a glass of sparkling wine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé gives Beyoncé's many fans the opportunity to experience her 2023 concert on the big screen. In addition to capturing performances from the show, the three-hour film lets viewers follow Queen Bey's creative journey in producing the concert, providing context for all of the hard work, intention, and talent poured into its creation (similar to the 2019 concert film of her Coachella set). Expect a few explicit lyrics (words heard include "bitch," "s--t," "f--k," "ho," "motherf----r," the "N" word, and "hell"), plus references to drinking and drug use. There are also some costumes and dance moves that could be seen as sexual, and one song lyric refers to terrorists and weaponry, but nothing is too over the top. Throughout the show/film, Beyoncé honors her lived experience as a Black woman and demonstrates her allyship with the queer community. Her dancers, musicians, and backup singers are from diverse backgrounds, with inclusive body shapes and sizes. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is a stunning peek inside Beyoncé's mind and her journey to creating a musical masterpiece. Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé gives viewers an all-access pass to Act I of the star's reported three-act career finale. The film was created by Parkwood Entertainment, Beyoncé's own company. She served as the film's writer, director (along with James B. Merryman and Mark Ritchie), and producer -- which comes across in the intentionality and care that are used to tell a story in each scene of the film. At one point, the icon remarks, "I have nothing to prove to anyone at this point" -- but she does indeed prove why she's incomparable. Ultimately, she comes across as a hardworking performer, a loving mother, and an innovative thinker.
Renaissance is a new beginning and a rebirth, and it's also a place where everyone belongs and all are welcome. Beyoncé shares her vulnerabilities as a Black woman and her appreciation for her life struggles and experiences. She also pays homage to those who paved the way and served as her inspiration. From her Uncle Johnny and her mother, Tina Knowles, to Kevin JZ Prodigy and Diana Ross, Beyoncé gives credit to those who've touched her life and inspired her passion and creativity. She shares emotional moments on and off the stage, including clips of home videos that may prompt viewers to laugh and cry along with her. Beyoncé seems to truly appreciate all those who choose to take this musical journey of healing and love with her. Even for those who attended the concert live, this inside view of its creation is likely to offer new appreciation for its achievements, both musically and visually. And fans will likely want to get up and groove along with the album's chart-topping hits, which have intentionally inclusive lyrics. It's a must-see for anyone who considers themselves a member of the Beehive -- and there's a special musical treat during the end credits.
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