A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Art is what you perceive it to be, and making it is an achievement in itself.
Positive Role Models
The artists featured come across as fearless and far from complacent, though they're technically breaking the law.
Violence & Scariness
Some scenes show cops arresting street artists.
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Some swearing, primarily “s--t” and “f--k.”
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Products & Purchases
No overt brand names, though some of the artists featured in the film have collectible works of art.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A lead character smokes cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this fascinating documentary features street artists whom some may label as subversive; their work is incredible and dynamic, but some consider them vandals. Also, questions have been raised about the veracity of the film's lead subject, though that actually heightens the interest in watching it. Expect some swearing ("f--k" and "s--t") and an examination of a type of art that purposefully crosses a line -- a point that might intrigue some teens. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This rags-to-artists tale is compelling, indeed, and every frame is worth watching. Guetta is a strangely fascinating subject, both as a documentarian wannabe and as an artist wannabe who captivates. (His show was hugely attended.) The film affords an appealing, if slightly roundabout, look at the world of street art -- the thrill of the process, the lure of the rebellion.
But you can't help wondering, as you watch, whether we, as viewers, have become part of someone's subversive art piece. The film, after all, is directed by Banksy, who's presented here as a subject but then ends up documenting the filmmaker. Confused? Not surprising -- but, hey, it's an adventure nonetheless.
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