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Parents' Guide to

A Jazzman's Blues

By John Sooja, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Sweeping melodrama has sex, violence, and language.

Movie R 2022 127 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 16+

The Jazzman’s Blues is the best movie of the year.💥

I love movies and historical events, stories of mixed black girls. I know the story was not a true story, but it was exciting and entertaining. The actors were terrific. Tyler Perry always picks the best singers, actors, and actresses. I’m a forever fan.

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Educational value
Great messages
age 18+

A sweet concept with graphic rape scene and violence

I was so excited about seeing this movie because the concept seemed really nice and I wanted to see this other side of Tyler Perry. Yet, the graphic rape scene showed early on in the movie made my stomach turn so much that I couldn't stomach watching the rest of the movie. From that moment on you can sense that the movie is going to be a ball of suffering. It's true that it only happens for less than a minute but it was unnecessarily graphic. I understand that Tyler Perry wanted to transmit the evilness of the situation but it could have been handled in a different way. Also, the violence at the end made me regret even watching it. This movie could have been so good had Tyler Perry skipped all of the Hollywood 'extraness' and just stuck to the bittersweet, storyline.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5 ):
Kids say (1 ):

Decidedly more serious fare, the first script Tyler Perry ever wrote finally comes to the screen with mixed results. While there's a lot to like about A Jazzman's Blues, it runs too long, scenes linger, and plenty of the writing and acting are a bit melodramatic. Further, the film wants to be a romance and a serious drama, but striking a harmonious tone that fits both these needs can be difficult. Instead, Perry bounces around between melodramatic romance, deadly serious drama, and faux-musical, each (very welcome) number occasionally struggling to justify its likeliness here. But these musical breaks, and even more so because of how good they are, hint at the film this could have been as a full, all-out musical. Because as is, a lot about this film feels like it's from the '90s.

And yet Perry presents his story clean and plain, letting the actors chew up their scenes as much as they can. Indeed, sometimes "mixed results" means that there's also a lot of good here. For one, Perry presents a palpably terrifying 1940s Georgia town, governed by, policed by, and run under the table and over it by racist White people. Also, the film shows a lot of subtle racism and how powerful this can be, like being able to blame anything and everything on Black people. The film also speaks to history and to how White people in the U.S. in particular have historically often tried (and some continue to try) to find ways of policing, harming, blaming, and killing Black people.

Movie Details

  • On DVD or streaming: September 23, 2022
  • Cast: Joshua Boone , Amirah Vann , Solea Pfieffer , Austin Scott
  • Director: Tyler Perry
  • Inclusion Information: Black directors, Female actors, Black actors, Latino actors, Black writers
  • Studio: Netflix
  • Genre: Drama
  • Topics: Activism , History
  • Run time: 127 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: some drug use, violent images, rape, brief sexuality and language
  • Last updated: February 17, 2023

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