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Homecoming: A Film by Beyonce

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Concert film of Queen B's Coachella set has salty language.

Movie NR 2019 137 minutes
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Based on 6 parent reviews

age 3+
I showers the first 30 minutes to my 3 year old. Great music and dance, don’t see anything wrong with it.

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age 12+

Amazing music and show of Black culture

I watched this with my 11 year old and we loved it. Seen not only as a concert film but as an expression of the black triumphs and female empowerment it is important. There is definitely a lot of language and sexually explicit lyrics (as with a lot of popular music) and dancing but gosh, the talent is awesome. Beyoncé also sourced the dancers and musicians from HBCUs.

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Music fans will be overjoyed by this inspiring documentary. Although early moments in Homecoming: A Film by Beyonce feel a bit chaotic, self-important, even grandiose, Beyonce's singular talent as an interpreter of what's universally important in life and her contagious charm as a performer quickly unveil a heartfelt and at times moving tribute to everyone who needs just a little nudge toward greatness. Her performance is energetic and all the more admirable in light of information she offers about her difficult pregnancy and delivery only a short time before work on the show began.

The uplifting quotes and messages she inserts throughout the film underscore her admiration and support for historically-black colleges and universities (she didn't go to college but her dad did). In childhood she attended battles of college marching bands and her love of that tradition infuses the joyous show. Tradition means a lot to her, which explains the way so many ideas are mashed up here (marching bands, coats of arms, S&M outfits) but they all point to the mix of messages composed of equal parts anger, pride, and determination that ultimately make sense and feel cohesive and true. Although some performances recorded in rehearsals seem more engaging than those given in the actual performance, the show settles down quickly, setting up an emotionally-packed finale in which Beyonce invites the audience to sing with her about love.

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