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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Song lyrics deal largely with relationships and sexual relations. Outfits and dance moves are suggestive.
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"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.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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