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Dolemite Is My Name

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Vulgar but hilarious comedy has a can-do attitude.

Movie R 2019 118 minutes
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age 17+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 18+

Chocked full of crude humor

Outright profane, has sex ,sex talk and graphic nudity. The some what verbally crude content doesn't make it a fully appreciated movie but has a good story behind all the very mature approach of it. Perfect for adults
age 17+

A delightful film that had me cheering for Dolemite!

An excellent film with a lot of heart. It is a fun and good time seeing Murphy's performance develop and grow. I found myself cheering for Dolemite, perhaps it helps that I remember the original films and their popularity, but Murphy's optimism is also infectious. Lady Reed is a delight and Snipes practically steals the film from Murphy. But it is the indomitable spirit of Black culture that rises in this film and offers the bounce and hope that makes this film such a delight.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (2 ):

This biographical comedy follows the beats of similar showbiz-related movies, but its rambunctious, playfully vulgar sense of humor and infectious can-do attitude make it a satisfying winner. Directed by Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow) and written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (Ed Wood, Big Eyes), Dolemite Is My Name checks off the events of Rudy Ray Moore's life like a list. But it's Murphy's boundless energy and charisma that drive the movie. Normally in biopics like this, the lead character overshadows all of the supporting characters, but here Murphy is such a whirlwind that it makes perfect sense that he'd have an army of followers caught up in his creative wake.

Still, most of the cast gets in good, funny moments, especially Snipes as Dolemite director D'Urville Martin, the only one in Moore's crew who has any Hollywood experience (and is therefore perpetually dismayed at what he's seeing). The movie is especially wise in how it depicts the whiteness of the entertainment industry at the time -- from a viewing of Billy Wilder's The Front Page on the big screen to a Western playing on a TV set -- and how rare movies like Dolemite actually were. It's quite moving to hear Lady Reed (Da'Vine Joy Randolph) thank Moore for finally allowing her to see someone who looks like her up on the big screen. Like Ed Wood and The Disaster Artist, Dolemite Is My Name is a grand celebration of not only perseverance over skill but also the power of finally being seen and heard.

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