Parents' Guide to

Get On Up

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Entertaining, somewhat overlong biopic has edgy material.

Movie PG-13 2014 138 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 15+

Maybe accurate but still very disturbing depictions of racism

I'm generally on the flexible end about my kids seeing things in the categories this site tracks (sex, violence, swearing, consumerism, substances). But heads up that the brutal mid-century racism in this particular movie - especially in a scene with white adults getting elementary school age Black kids to fight each other for entertainment - is disturbing in its own distinct way.
age 14+

Get on up Review..

A good Biography Film about James brown.. although the Film does get a little mature with language. This film would be fine for mature teenager..

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Too much swearing

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Director Tate Taylor gets so many things right in GET ON UP, starting with the cast. The astounding ensemble is led by Boseman, who not so much mimics but channels the Godfather of Soul in carriage, bearing and -- especially -- onstage charisma, imbuing his performance with a lot of soul and depth, particularly in a backstage scene shared with Davis that will break your heart with its complexity and deep sadness. Boseman shares top credit, acting-wise, with Ellis, who paints Byrd with exacting authenticity and empathy.

And then there's the storytelling. Taylor dispenses with dogged chronology and opts for a boomerang approach that careens from Brown's adulthood to childhood and back again, each scene informing the previous one, adding layers so that the legendary R&B singer comes alive, flaws and all. (That said, the film is overlong, and Brown's relationship with his wives gets short shrift.) Best of all is how Taylor handles Brown's performances, allowing the music to dominate and persuade, to remind us why there is no other James Brown and likely never will be.

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