Parents' Guide to

Made in America

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Jay-Z music-fest docu fun for music lovers; strong language.

Movie NR 2014 93 minutes
Made in America Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

There aren't any parent reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: Not yet rated
Kids say: Not yet rated

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.

Movie Details

Inclusion information powered by

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate