A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The way music brings people together is a major theme here. Some of the personal and professional journeys of musicians and others touched by the festival are discussed.
Positive Role Models
Shows people making a successful career out of music.
Violence & Scariness
Interviews and lyrics talk about gang activities, shootings, and other violent events. Folks are visible bouncing around in mosh pits, but no one gets hurt.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some lyrics contain some sexual innuendo, including lewd references to women and having sex.
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Strong language, including "t-ts," "bitch," "f--k," "s--t," and other strong words, are audible during interviews and in song lyrics. The "N" word also is audible.
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Products & Purchases
The documentary is a promotional vehicle for the festival. The Budweiser logo is visible. Excerpts from MTV music videos and festival performances are featured.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
References are made to Jay-Z's past drug activities and subsequent recovery.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the promotional documentary Made in America features rapper Jay-Z and other performers from the 2013 Made in America festival held in Philadelphia. It highlights how music has the power to unify people and contains positive messages about diversity, creativity, and the arts. Teen music fans will be drawn to it, but the strong language and lyrics with sexual innuendo make it a bit heavy for younger kids. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Made in America will entertain music fans while offering some observations about the artistry and life experiences that form part of each musician's work. Directed by actor/filmmaker Ron Howard, the documentary highlights the enormity of the Labor Day event, which brings a wide range of musicians from all over the world in an attempt to celebrate the ways that diversity among musical genres and its performers contributes to the way people can reach their goals, whatever they may be. It also underscores the different ways that musicians are keeping their creative integrity within the mainstream music industry and the changes that are taking place thanks to a new generation of musicians.
The messages behind it are positive, but most of the film is dedicated to showcasing the show's various performers and festival performances. Nonetheless, the individual conversations about the performers' life histories and their relationship to music are interesting. Discussions of the entrepreneurial ventures of both musicians and Philadelphia locals also offer insight.
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