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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Believe in yourself. Speak out for your causes.
Positive Role Models
Reddy is a feminist icon who wrote and performed the song that became the anthem for the women's equal rights movement. She and her husband used perseverance and teamwork to succeed.
Violence & Scariness
A fistfight gets out of control. Aggressive behavior.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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Frequent use of "f--k." Also: "ass," "a--hole," "bulls--t," "douche bag," "hell," and "s--t."
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Products & Purchases
Once they succeed, Jeff and Helen fill their life with material wealth -- Rolls-Royce, large houses, etc. -- which all collapses under them.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Frequent cocaine use, with negative consequences. Smoking. Mention of marijuana.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that I Am Woman is a biopic about 1970s pop singer Helen Reddy, set against the backdrop of the women's movement. Reddy (Tilda Cobham-Hervey) refuses to accept that there's no audience for her "housewife" music, as a male label executive describes it. Her career ultimately takes off thanks to clear-cut examples of perseverance and teamwork -- for instance, she makes her manager/husband call a record label over and over until the label agrees to let her cut a single. Reddy's husband, Jeff Wald (Evan Peters), curses constantly ("s--t," "f--k," and more), lives large with expensive cars and houses, and snorts cocaine throughout. As Wald's drug addiction intensifies, he becomes more aggressive and out of control, leading to a physical altercation with a group of colleagues that involves a knife. There's also kissing, smoking, and mention of marijuana. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This biopic is a factual dot-to-dot rather than a real exploration, but it's still an encouraging piece of entertainment for young women. Reddy was a young mother trying to succeed alone in a man's world, and while the sexist comments and attitudes she faces in I Am Woman are a drop in the bucket, they're just enough to set the scene for why so many women fought so hard for equal rights.
"Just enough" is actually the best description for this film. It can't decide whether it's emphasizing Reddy's personal life or tracking her career success, so both come across as muted versions of reality. This is music documentarian Unjoo Moon's first scripted feature, and it doesn't give many of Reddy's substantial accomplishments much, if any, attention (for example, there's no mention of her starring in Pete's Dragon!). Her marriage to music manager Wald, a Hollywood hothead who became the industry's poster child for the perils of cocaine use, is depicted as far too forgiving. And for all the movie tries to say about Reddy's role in propelling women's liberation, there's no elation in the moment that she becomes liberated from her controlling husband, nor is there acknowledgement of the irony that, once she did become liberated, that man silenced her voice. I Am Woman is a serviceable retelling of Reddy's life, and yet it doesn't do enough service for the icon that she is.
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