Movie review by Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Booze, pills, smoking in well-acted but tragic biopic.

PG-13 2019 118 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 13+

Tragic, heartbreaking biopic has strong language and pervasive drug abuse

“Judy” follows the tragic life of Judy Garland as she looses custody of her children, goes through a heartbreak and is brung back to her torturous and horrific childhood. After watching, you will be emotional. Is it appropriate for your kid? Let’s fine out: VIOLENCE: A glass object is thrown in rage, nothing else other than that. LANGUAGE: Infrequent use of “fuck” and “shit” mostly in one scene. “faggot” is used to put down a gay man. DRUG/ALCOHOL USE: Pervasive use of drugs throughout. Judy is shown taking pills and getting high throughout, falling over on stage as well as crying and having hallucinations in which she sings along to imaginary music. The addiction started as a child, where she was forced to take pills to tighten her appetite. SEXUAL CONTENT: It is implied Judy was sexually assaulted, this however is dwelled on extremely lightly. OVERALL: The upsetting tone and theme in this film may be to mature for ages 13 and under.

This title has:

Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 14+

Kids may not be interested

Not for young kids as the drug and alcohol use is extensive, but even my teens were not totally engaged. They obviously know Garland from the Wizard of Oz, but those younger years were only briefly touched on in this film. As a result, my 16, 17, and 19 year old's gave it only 2 stars while my wife and I really enjoyed it. This is film about how her warped childhood experience influenced who she was as an adult and mother. It was heartbreaking to watch overall, but wonderfully done. Renee deserves serious Oscar consideration for this performance.

This title has:

Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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