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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Shows clearly that "artistry" doesn't come without great effort, commitment, and compromise. "Stardom" only adds to those demands. Values promoted: loyalty, strong family bonds, doing one's best, and the need to cope with challenges that threaten to undermine progress.
Positive Role Models
Lady Gaga is a solid professional. Attention is paid to every detail of her image and her performances. Though she has moments of sadness, frustration, insecurity, and anger, and is subject to painful physical problems, she works hard to overcome the negatives. She is strong and opinionated, but respects her colleagues and fans, and treats staff and personnel well. She smokes constantly. Immediate family members are portrayed as supportive, accepting, and loving. Ethnic diversity throughout.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lots of revealing clothing, some sexual dance moves. Partial nudity, including shots of Lady Gaga's bare breasts.
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Frequent use of "f--k," "s--t," and some other cursing. References to mind-altering substances: "Let's get stoned in Grandpa's car!" is said in jest. "Took a molly."
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Products & Purchases
Duane Reade, Bud Light, Riddell helmets; The Bitter End, an NYC club.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Multiple scenes show Lady Gaga smoking cigarettes. In a doctor's office, it's clear that she takes a number of prescription drugs. Participants drink beer, smoke. Lady Gaga concedes that in the past she used alcohol and drugs. Cocaine is mentioned.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Gaga: Five Foot Two is a documentary about superstar Lady Gaga (real name, Stefani Germanotta) as she prepares for the release of her 2016 album Joanne and her half-time appearance at 2017's Super Bowl in Houston, Texas. Centered more on the intense work and emotional and physical ups and downs the singer-dancer-songwriter experiences than on performances, the film is a very personal one. Still, there's lots of music, along with well-shot sequences that showcase Lady Gaga's talent, outsized personality, and commitment to her art. Audiences are treated to a look at her strong connections to family, collaborators, and fans. There's plenty of swearing, mostly "f--k" and "s--t." Gaga wears skimpy clothes (including thongs), has sexy moves, and appears topless in a few scenes. And she smokes cigarettes throughout the film. There are occasional references to past recreational drug use and to meds still prescribed for pain from an ongoing injury. Overall, Lady Gaga holds little back about the challenges she faces as a music icon and as a maturing woman. Of course, she's aware of the camera's presence and what that means, but she seems intent on letting her fans and others in on what it's really like to be her. Gaga fans run the age gamut and include the very young, but this movie is for mature folks only. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Intent upon revealing as much of herself as she'll allow fans to see, including moments both intimate and painful, Lady Gaga entrusts a talented director with the job; overall, he delivers. It's an eclectic work: Attention is paid to many facets of the singer-songwriter's life, and not in a linear order. But the movie builds, culminating in moments from her phenomenal appearance at the 2017 Super Bowl. Fans may yearn for more of the vibrant performances and music that the alter ego of Stefani Germanotta is famous for, but they'll probably be satisfied with this up-close-and-personal vision of the star when she's not on stage.
That doesn't mean that her talent is neglected. There are several show-stopping musical numbers that attest to her artistry, and they are stunning. Along with those, however, the talented lady wants us to know how she suffers for her art, how she transcends a disabling injury and frequent pain, and how she calls upon her bountiful gifts and her commitment to excellence to succeed. Gaga: Five Foot Two should please existing fans and bring her some enthusiastic new ones.
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