A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
"Music transcends politics." Many of the songs are message-driven ("Being Alive," "Pure Imagination"). "Climate change is real."
Positive Role Models
Streisand is a champion of women, has consistently been the driving force behind her own career, strives for excellence. Appears to treat her team with respect and her audiences with gratitude.
Violence & Scariness
A few photographs of climate-related disasters (e.g., an agonizingly thin polar bear).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Film clip shows kissing.
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"Hell," "ass," "damn," and one use of "f--k."
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Products & Purchases
Casual mention or visual of: Yamaha, Joe's Stone Crabs, Zantac, Uber.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Barbra: The Music...The Mem'ries...The Magic is a documentary that presents the concert the uniquely gifted Streisand gave in Miami. Dividing the show into Acts I and II and using projected film clips and photographs as "accompaniment," in addition to a full orchestra and her backup singers, Barbra brings more than six decades of her music to the stage. Her selections come from past albums, Barbra's films, and Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway, her 35th studio recording, released in 2016. Her banter and style are conversational, setting up a vibrant connection with the audience. In fine voice, and with an array of celebrities on hand for brief filmed appearances, and one special guest, the nearly two-hour performance is impeccable. Luckily for old fans and new ones, streaming services such as Netflix, which carries this concert, offer a wonderful opportunity for audiences to see documentary films, and provide a platform for the filmmakers. Caution: An occasional curse word (e.g., "damn," "hell") is heard, as is one use of "f--k." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Streisand proves that music, talent, and the ability to connect with her audience is ageless; six decades of one-of-a-kind excellence continues. And, she knows that audience. Barbra: The Music...The Mem'ries...The Magic is top-to-bottom Streisand at her most emotional and soaring. The filmed inclusion of some of the stars who appear with her on her latest duet album add spice to the show. A number in which Barbra performs alongside film of the late Anthony Newly is particularly affecting. The directing, editing, and production design are all top-notch. Barbra, who co-directs/co-writes, is obviously always in charge. She surrounds herself with fine musicians, dazzling backup singers, and a well-thought-out program. Satisfying and heart-warming for Streisand fans, this concert is available on streaming services, which is a delightful way to introduce her to new audiences, especially younger ones. An incomparable performer singing exceptional songs is able to cross generational borders. This movie proves it.
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