A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Documentary shows how Alexander McQueen worked extremely hard to become one of fashion's most innovative designers.
Positive Role Models
While the documentary shows how Alexander McQueen wasn't perfect and had his share of inner demons, it also shows how he emerged from a working-class background and through hard work and the full application of his talents and genius, he became a successful fashion icon.
Violence & Scariness
Talk throughout the documentary of child abuse, spouse abuse, domestic violence. McQueen's fashion shows were often inspired by violent themes like rape or Jack the Ripper. Talk of suicide.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief nudity -- female breasts, buttocks.
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"F--k" frequently used. "C--t," "c--k," "piss." Middle finger gesture.
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Products & Purchases
Talk of clothing brands and fashion labels such as Givenchy.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some drinking. Cigarette smoking. Talk of cocaine use.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that McQueen is a 2018 documentary about the life and times of the innovative and controversial fashion designer. McQueen used his fashion shows to explore themes such as Jack the Ripper and rape -- in the rape-themed show, models are shown with torn clothes and smudged makeup walking in a lurching manner up and down the catwalk. Friends of McQueen, and McQueen himself, discuss how McQueen used these shows to exorcise personal demons -- talk of child abuse, spouse abuse, and domestic violence. Talk of McQueen's suicide. Brief nudity -- models in see-through clothing or clothing that exposes their breasts or buttocks. "F--k" used frequently, as well as other profanities. Talk of cocaine use. Some drinking, cigarette smoking. Overall, even for those who aren't the most knowledgeable followers of haute couture, this documentary is an engaging portrait of a brilliant and provocative artist, a bon vivant and a troubled soul. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Even for those who aren't the most knowledgeable of haute couture, this documentary is an engaging and accessible portrait of the brilliant and provocative fashion designer. The textbook definition of the term "enfant terrible," Alexander McQueen is shown to be obsessively driven, incredibly hardworking, and fearless in using his art to confront his inner demons while revolutionizing fashion and the fashion industry. McQueen's own explanations of his aesthetic provide an incidental benefit for watching this documentary: It reveals fashion design and fashion shows to be legitimate artforms, especially for those confused as to the point and utility of models strutting up and down Parisian catwalks in clothing that would never be worn by, well, anyone who isn't an international fashion model.
The accessibility of McQueen is what makes this documentary so special. Dedicated followers of fashion will find it interesting, and for everyone else, it's the story of troubled genius, of a bon vivant, of a man who, perhaps unlikely, came up out of working-class roots to change fashion forever, of a rebel whose personal tragedies helped lead to an untimely death by suicide. McQueen is a thorough overview of the man's life and work, and its lasting influence to this day.
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