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Parents' Guide to

National Anthem Girl

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Docu about woman singing national song in all 50 states.

Movie NR 2019 76 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+

It's a feel good story about doing something for others.

I watched this with my husband, son and daughter (who are 15 and 17, respectively) and it left 3 out of 4 of us in tears by the end. The young lady at the center of this story was a great example that, when we decide to focus on others, rather than ourselves, then we are able to accomplish things bigger than ourselves and our own wants. It was also a fun / educational journey through America, riding beside this amusing, sincere storyteller. I believe the Common Sense Media reviewer, who is a woman, was a little too preoccupied with the Anthem Girl's looks (using multiple adjectives such as 'lovely', 'pert', and....seriously?? 'seductive') to give an accurate review of this heartfelt film. I would welcome this being shown at my kids' school, as it contains great reminders about patriotism, respect and gratitude. The reviewer missed this by a mile.

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say: Not yet rated

While moments of National Anthem Girl are uplifting, the movie ultimately disappoints. A subject that could've been moving and worthwhile instead feels like a 76-minute highlights reel of a wannabe singer crassly using patriotism as an excuse for self-advertisement. One is left waiting for Stange to say something of substance indicating a deeper understanding of the sacrifice she supposedly appreciates. When interviewers ask why she embarked on her crusade, she replies with clichés. 1."There's gotta be respect." 2. "This is an awesome song." 3. "Because I absolutely love America and I love what the national anthem represents. It's not just a song. It's our song." In Kansas City, she cites 9/11, recalling that she did not go into Manhattan that day in 2001 and that's why she is able to be there in Kansas City, years later, to sing. "The national anthem causes you to think about those things," she adds.

But thinking is something this movie sorely lacks. Eleven headshots in a row of the lovely Stange -- coy, determined, pert, seductive -- are paraded across the screen to tell us, what exactly? She and director Jefferson Moore could have used that screen time to visit wounded veterans in each of the 50 states, or to promote the many vital and caring organizations that assist veterans. (She does support Operation Gratitude, which sends care packages accompanied by handwritten notes from ordinary citizens to deployed troops.) Stange is at times charming and attractive, and seems generally sincere, but when she lists the difficulties of her travel arrangements and the blow this project dealt her bank account, the obliviousness feels tone-deaf in contrast to the obstacles that the soldiers she supposedly admires face every day as they protect our country.

Movie Details

  • On DVD or streaming: April 15, 2019
  • Director: Jefferson Moore
  • Studio: Amazon
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Run time: 76 minutes
  • MPAA rating: NR
  • Last updated: June 20, 2023

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