Ariana Grande: Excuse Me, I Love You

Movie review by
Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media
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Concert docu offers little insight on singer; language.
  • NR
  • 2020
  • 97 minutes

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 18 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

As this is a concert film, there are no real messages. Featured songs celebrate consumerism.

Positive Role Models

Grande comes across as kind and generous with her tour companions. Her backup musicians and dancers work hard on tour. Grande's lyrics are largely about relationships and one famous one is about rampant consumerism.

Violence
Sex

Song lyrics deal largely with relationships and sexual relations. Outfits and dance moves are suggestive.

Language

"F--k," "s--t," "ass," "hell," "damn," "d--k," "bitches," "God." A story Ariana tells involves her pets pooping, eating each other's poop and vomiting.

Consumerism

Ariana Grande music and products on display. Her popular song "7 Rings" is an anthem to consumerism, with lyrics involving retail therapy, how money solves problems and gets you what you want.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the concert film Ariana Grande: Excuse Me, I Love You is the next best thing to a ticket to an Ariana Grande concert -- and a lot less expensive. But parents also might not find the singer and her lyrics to be the best role model for kids. Her songs are largely about relationships and sexual relations, with one popular one promoting showy consumerism, and her outfits and dance moves, like those of her back-up dancers, are very suggestive. The documentary doesn't offer much behind-the-scenes content, and what we do see of Grande doesn't show any depth or insight into her life or personality. Her lyrics (and some off-stage commentary) include words like "f--k," "s--t," "ass," "hell," 'damn," "d--k," "bitches," and more.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byhthacore February 15, 2021
Adult Written byDoglover1330 June 2, 2021

I love Ari!

It shows the soft side of her! This is an incredible documentry! I love Ariana! I loved seeing her Point of view.
Teen, 13 years old Written byNetflix Nerd5 July 25, 2021
Despite what the parents say, it being inappropriate, its a movie for teens who love Ariana Grande and her music.
Teen, 16 years old Written byhey_mad February 11, 2021

i love it!!

I am a HUGE ariana fan and since I wasn't able to go to her Sweetener Tour, I was so happy that this came out so that I could experience what it would have... Continue reading

What's the story?

ARIANA GRANDE: EXCUSE ME, I LOVE YOU is set against the musician's 2019 tour, called the "Sweetener World Tour." Most of the concert footage comes from London, but behind-the-scenes footage from other concerts captures the singer and her dancers getting ready to go on stage, practicing in rehearsals, chatting with tour companions, and getting her hair and makeup done.

Is it any good?

Ariana Grande: Excuse Me, I Love You stands apart from other recent music documentaries of singers of her generation by sticking almost solely to concert performances. There are very few off-stage scenes and they offer little to no insight into her life or personality. Grande has a versatile and seemingly effortless vocal talent, but her concerts are so meticulously choreographed and staged that they feel almost as much about the mise-en-scène as the music. She comes across as generous in sharing the spotlight on stage with her musicians and dancers, but off-screen scenes are limited to mostly superficial chats with tour companions. Some toss-in visual effects -- the occasional slow-mo and opening credits with the image turned sideways and words upside down -- don't add a whole lot to the film.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Ariana Grande: Excuse Me, I Love You compares with other music documentaries you've watched. How is this one different?

  • What did you learn about the singer from this documentary? Where could you go to learn more?

  • Have you been to an Ariana Grande concert or another musician's concert? How was the experience? Did this documentary capture the experience of concert-going, in your opinion?

  • In 2017, a suicide bomber killed 22 people and injured hundreds of others outside an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England. Why do you think this documentary avoids any reference to this event?

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