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Parents' Guide to

Mama, I Want to Sing!

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Preachy musical has few surprises, not enough songs.

Movie PG 2012 95 minutes
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age 2+

Based on 1 parent review

age 2+

Great Movie, shouldn't be underrated

Very good decent, family movie and I don't know what this site is talking about but there weren't any sex, violence, nor drugs in this movie at all. I give it 5 stars, yet I give it 10 because of the decency.

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This looks like it should be a musical, from the title to the main character who's a rising musical sensation -- so it's puzzling that there are so few songs. Amara is even played by Grammy-winning singer Ciara. Ciara mostly appears on stage, sings a few lines, and then the scene cuts to the end. Not until the third act does she actually get to sing an entire number. It's a mystery.

And certainly the director isn't cutting out the songs to make time for the rest of the story, because there isn't one. Amara's mom disapproves; the mother spends so much energy on her TV career that she has little attention left for her children; Amara's brother follows his dream, even though his family disapproves. There are a few more cliches as well, mostly focused on whether Amara is keeping true to her faith and whether her mother is losing track of what's important even as she rails on and on about spirituality. But it's not much of a story, it doesn't have much of an ending, and it tries way too hard to deliver its message.

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