Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Movie review by Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Powerful play adaptation has intense emotion, language.

R 2020 94 minutes

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 16+

Based on 5 reviews

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age 14+

Chadwick Boseman’s best, and final, performance deserves Oscar attention. It’s also the best part of this film.

I know many may say that people are bias, since Boseman unfortunately passed away earlier this year, but that isn’t the case. He gives a magnetic performance. One of the best I’ve seen in a while. Nothing else about this movie lives up to his performance. It’s just a mediocre drama otherwise. Violence: Some fairly mild violence including pinching and kicking, pushing, and heavy arguing. Only one scene goes any further than this, and involves a knife. Not overly explicit, however. Language: The F bomb is used about 15 times. One or two with mother as a prefix. The N word is used commonly throughout. Other milder swears are used occasionally as well. Sex: Some sexual themes and references are here, mostly involving Ma Rainey’s form of singing and performing. There is one sex scene. No nudity. Very easy to see coming, and is skippable, but the scene sort of picks up like 5 minutes later, but it’s more mild. Consumption: Smoking and some mild drinking. Extra: There is some blasphemy here. It will most likely be somewhat offensive. It involves swearing as well.

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age 18+

Disappointing Effort

This is another movie making a famous black american overtly gay. I an tired of the movies giving a lot of time to the sex life of historical figures. I would have liked a better representation of her impact during her lifetime. Also this movie has the wrong title it should be called Leevee..because its mostlyabout the trumpet player.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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