Parents' Guide to

Be Somebody

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Sweet coming-of-age tale about two teen artists.

Movie PG 2016 87 minutes
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Matthew Espinosa and Sarah Jeffrey believably inhabit their characters and imbue them with intelligence and vulnerability, rare for any actor, never mind such young ones. Be Somebody writer Lamar Damon, an active TV producer, and director Joshua Caldwell earnestly tackle the difficulties of two challenging subjects -- growing up and handling success- - without resorting much to cliché. But more than that, they try to give honest voice to the worries and concerns of young artists who are still looking for ways to express creativity without compromising principles. Emily gave up a good friend because the friend wanted to be popular and changed herself to achieve that goal. Jordan is a great financial success but Emily's discipline and integrity make him reconsider what kind of singer he wants to be. He worries that if he expresses his true self, "maybe no one will like it." For all those reasons, the movie is a cut above the usual teen-directed fare. It would have been great if the movie's focus were sharpened a bit earlier as opening scenes lag a bit. Jordan's mother-manager echoes many stock characters seen in other films, and the director spends a straight 50 seconds showing us a tour bus travel down a night highway. Why? Dunno. But, for all the right reasons, this movie echoes the 1953 classic movie Roman Holiday, with Audrey Hepburn as a princess who escapes her keepers and duties for a few days of normal life, and that's pretty good.

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