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Jay-Z: Fade to Black

By Elliot Panek, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

The making of a Jay-Z concert. Not for kids.

Movie R 2004 110 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 14+

Not a Fan

He's holding up the Illuminati sign on the front cover. Do you really think it's gonna be good?

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 16+

no kids

again with the bad,bad,bad.

This title has:

Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (1):

As with many concert films, you would be better off listening to a live album. What is special about this concert presumably wasn't the visual spectacle, but the experience of being there. The studio scenes help to demystify the relationship between producer and rapper, but they don't last long enough to engage the audience.

Ultimately, the film fails to commit to either mode -- the studio scenes disrupt the flow of the concert, and the concert scenes have so little in the way of visual variety that they are sure to bore all but the most die heard Jay-Z fan. Kids will likely be drawn to this film due to the overwhelming popularity of Jay-Z. Parents should consider allowing only kids in their mid-teens and up to view this film due to its strong language.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: November 5, 2004
  • On DVD or streaming: April 5, 2005
  • Cast: Jay-Z
  • Director: Patrick Paulson
  • Inclusion Information: Black actors
  • Studio: Paramount Pictures
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Run time: 110 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: pervasive language including sexual lyrics
  • Last updated: February 25, 2022

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