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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Amara and her mother both find that success draws them away from their basic values, disrupting relationships within their family. Some peripheral messages about shopping as a cure for a bad day.
Positive Role Models
Amara's domineering mother, Lillian, frequently tells her children what they should do and is certain her view is the only right one -- even though her son and daughter are adults and are aware they can make their own decisions.
Violence & Scariness
A character lands a job as a combat photojournalist in Iraq. A few scenes show soldiers in bombed-out neighborhoods, though there are no actual combat scenes. Some people argue heatedly.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A mother gets upset when her grown daughter sings onstage in a skimpy outfit and suggests that her wardrobe choices are a sign of her lapsing morals.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Amara gets slightly defiant after a few glasses of wine and gets upset when someone suggests she's had enough.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this family drama includes some heated family arguments and plenty of discussions that center on faith and moral choices. Though the movie spends a lot of time on the potential problems that fame and success bring, the main characters eventually realize that family is the most important thing in their lives. Expect a bit of drinking, a few skimpy outfits, and scenes set in combat zones (though no actual combat is shown). To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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