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Look at Me: XXXTentacion

By Sabrina McFarland, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Timely docu about singer's tragic story; language, violence.

Movie NR 2022 114 minutes
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age 8+
Good for any age depends on the kid though. Personally my 11 year old son and my 3 year old grandson have watched it many times, but only because they have personal connections. The references include much swearing but many positive messages as that is what Jah was about. Great documentary LLJ 🕊

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

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With archival concert footage, family photos, and firsthand interviews, this documentary shares a compelling view of the life of a versatile young music star. Look at Me: XXXTentacion is directed by Sabaah Folayan (Whose Streets?) and executive-produced by Cleopatra Bernard, who is also the singer's mom. "I decided to make this documentary," says Bernard, "because I felt like my son's story needed to be told. He was my little Tweety Bird ... just a calm, beautiful baby," although there were reported tumultuous times between the two. "As long as I ate, and as long as I had clothes, and as long as I had a place to stay, that was the most important thing to her," X recalls in an initial comment about the care he got from his mom. X adds, however, that "she was never able to emotionally nurture me."

X had behavioral issues at home, headed off to live with his grandmother, and was diagnosed as bipolar. But, notes colleague and producer John Cunningham, "I almost felt like he knew how to relate to kids more than he did other people. He saw the emotional phenomenon in children, that they were pure and unable to judge and unable to have hatred in their heart." For kids and teens, Look at Me: XXXTentacion merits notice for important discussions about the challenges of growing up in a 21st century world.

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