Parents' Guide to

Love & Mercy

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Beach Boy biopic is outstanding but has lots of drug use.

Movie PG-13 2015 120 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+
what a perfect end of school treat I went with my Mum and my sister on a last school night it was good I like the behind the scenes of Pets sounds even there some sad scenes may Upset the Younger Viewers but you gonna love the music

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Great role models
age 14+

Well ok

Well I only love this movie because my grandfather (Eugen Landy) is one of the stars also because I LOVE Elizabeth Banks there is lot of drugs so my rateing varies on age also there is quite a bit of swearing

This title has:

Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (4):

Just as The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds is one of the greatest rock 'n' roll albums of all time, this movie deserves consideration among the greatest rock 'n' roll movies of all time. Director Bill Pohlad, who also produced the more traditional rock biopic The Runaways, avoids biopic cliches by creating a movie based on moments and sensations. The incredible musical score by Atticus Ross features an appropriately mixed-up tapestry of snippets of Wilson's music, and bizarre soundscapes replicate what it might have been like to be inside Wilson's head during his aural hallucinations.

In Dano's sequences, LOVE & MERCY shows the exhilarating act of creation, of making music. And in the more complex Cusack sequences, creation becomes more fleeting, with Wilson himself becoming a creative project. Dano is a dead ringer for Wilson, while Cusack captures Wilson's inner essence. Likewise, Banks gives a very strong performance, while Giamatti gives a very wicked one. Oren Moverman (I'm Not There) co-wrote the screenplay.

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