A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Demonstrates that some of the most innovative people are sometimes not appreciated until much later; is it worth the trouble, then, to try to do something new? The movie also includes some drug use, but on the whole it's not glamorized.
Positive Role Models
Iggy Pop shown as an incredibly smart musician who understands music and how it ought to sound, and is forthcoming about what influenced him. He has worked hard for a very long time and has achieved a kind of legend. But he's also depicted as an early "punk," reckless and foolish when it comes to onstage behavior and drugs, although he's apparently clean in the present day. (He acknowledges his mistakes.) He also remains something of an original, refusing to be defined by any labels such as "punk." ("I just wanna be.")
Violence & Scariness
Fall from stage. Blood on Iggy's chest. Mention of a fan throwing a bottle at Iggy's head. Description of fighting in a biker bar. Story about school bullies. Band members die.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A semi-topless woman banging gong (she wears an unbuttoned vest). Shirtless Iggy, dancing suggestively. Suggestive photo of a man kissing a woman's backside. Brief description of a woman's sex appeal ("delicious, creamy, female dream thing"). Naked male butt.
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Uses of "f--k," "motherf----r," "c--k," "s--t," "bitch," "ass," "butt," and middle-finger gestures.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Images of pot smoking. Mention of "smoking a big joint," mentions of psychotics, LSD, "coke," speed, heroin, etc. Mention of methadone. Image of a marijuana plant. Cigarette and cigar smoking. Mentions of drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Gimme Danger is a documentary about the legendary, influential "punk rock" band the Stooges, led by Iggy Pop. Iggy appears here under his real name, James Osterberg. It's mainly a fan film, appealing to those that are already in the club, but newcomers may find much to enjoy here as well. There are stories about violent concerts, stage diving, and fights in biker bars, with images of a bloody chest. The deaths of original band members are dealt with. Iggy dances shirtless, and suggestively, and there is some brief, sexually suggestive imagery and dialogue. Language is fairly strong, with a few uses of "f--k" and "motherf----r," plus "c--k," "s--t," and other words. There are several mentions of drug use, including pot, LSD, cocaine, speed, and heroin, as well as cigarette smoking and drinking; pot is briefly shown. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
In this documentary, director Jim Jarmusch calls the Stooges "the greatest rock 'n' roll band, ever." Though he doesn't exactly support his claim, he does at least create an entertaining tribute. Gimme Danger certainly could have been more "punk rock," a little less polished and familiar. It relies on all those old staples like talking heads, photos, archive footage, and funny little animations. The documentary does correctly illustrate the wide-ranging influence the Stooges had (from the Sex Pistols to Nirvana and the White Stripes), and the many music clips speak for themselves.
But it turns out that the movie's best asset is Iggy Pop himself. While a band as raw and loose as the Stooges (two of their songs are "Raw Power" and "Loose") may appear to have come about by accident, Iggy reveals that he is a canny musician and artist. It's fascinating to hear about all his influences, from Chicago blues to discordant jazz to kids' TV shows like Howdy Doody and Soupy Sales. When he describes the making of certain songs, he describes them with great knowledge and feeling, suggesting that great thought and preparation went into each explosive track. Iggy is a wonderful storyteller, and it would have been fun to listen to him for hours more.
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