A Star Is Born

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Cooper, Lady Gaga shine in tragic story of love, addiction.

R 2018 135 minutes

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 37 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 57 reviews

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age 18+

Harmful Tale about Suicide that Will Hurt People

Having lost a parent to suicide, I have to say that this movie plays into the most inaccurate and harmful societal trope about suicide--that it is inevitable. In truth, suicide is highly preventable and much more treatable than diseases like lung cancer or heart disease. Well told stories that posit harmful messages are tragically the most destructive. Bradley Cooper, for all his genius, should have paused to consult with professional psychologists before making a harmful movie that will hurt real people in our world.
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age 16+

Cooper and Gaga shine so bright...one bulb brightens the other one dims

I have been wanting to watch this film for a long time and finally was able to view it with my husband. We wanted to watch the film where Cooper and Gaga fall in love. Although it is a fictional film the electric connection between the characters permeates the screen and is infectious. Also permeating the screen is trauma and addiction. It is evident by how Gaga and Cooper move through and around each other that the chemistry is everywhere in this film. The dialogue feels realistic and the sense of falling is very real. Another title to this film could easily be A Star Falls...wonderful work, powerful vocals and a lot of intense emotion from everyone involved in the film. Always nice to see a place for 90s comedians to land and Sam Elliott is perfect in his role as the supportive brother/father figure.

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