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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
To become a rap star, Majo must choose between being true to herself or abandoning her friends and her values. She initially decides that fame and fortune are worth the price but eventually realizes it's not the best decision.
Positive Role Models
Majo abandons her friends, lies, and steals, all in an effort to help her mother. It's an admirable goal, though her methods are misguided, and she eventually sees the error of her ways.
Violence & Scariness
A few graphic beatings, including a gang that assaults a man with a baseball bat, a man who comes close to raping an underage teenage girl (and punches her when she resists), and a woman who's kidnapped.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A few kisses.
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Strong, very frequent language includes "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "bitch" "d--k," and plenty of other choice words.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some scenes show adults drinking beer and teens smoking pot. An older man gives hard liquor to an underage girl.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Filly Brown -- which marks the first and last big-screen appearance by late singer Jenni Rivera -- is about a young hip-hop artist trying to make it as a recording artist in Los Angeles without abandoning her values. As her star rises, she must make a series of difficult choices; every time, she gets a little closer to fame and a bit further away from her true identity. The film has some graphic beatings, and in one scene, a man comes very close to raping a teenage girl. Several sequences show people (including teens) smoking pot and drinking beer, and there's heavy swearing all throughout the movie ("f--k," "s--t," and much 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?
Filly Brown is far from subtle or understated, and it's not hard to see that the characters are making poor decisions. Though it does veer in some surprising directions, leaving the audience unable to predict exactly how Majo and her family's actions will come back to haunt them, the movie eventually treads on very familiar territory.
Olmos brings some gravitas to the saddest section of the arc, but Phillips seems to be acting underwater, with emotions that range from sedate to stoic. Where is he? It's Rodriguez who stands out for her bold performance, especially in scenes where she's protecting her younger sister and her hot temper flares. It's enough to make the film somewhat entertaining, though hardly original.
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