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One Direction: This Is Us

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Like 1D, concert docu is clean cut, with tiny bit of edge.

Movie PG 2013 92 minutes
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age 9+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 18+

One Of The Best

Liam Payne ("Easy A")
age 5+


It's an amazayn,fabulouis,phenominiall, extradinharry movie. They are really good role models for anyone. Especially Harry and Niall. Niall doesn't smoke, he refuses to get tattoos, and is just a nice person.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (28 ):

As Zayn admits in one scene, yeah, One Direction "is a boy band, but it's a cool boy band." The five guys don't try to deny that they were completely manufactured by the music and marketing genius that is Cowell, but they also stand by their actual vocal talents. They're not just good-looking blokes Cowell saw walking down the street: They were already on a talent show, proving they could actually sing. And the guys, seemingly humbled by their remarkable near-overnight success, also acknowledge that they aren't amazing dancers (like Usher and Justin Bieber) or prolific songwriters (like Harry's ex, Taylor Swift).

What One Direction is good at is harmonizing and making even the youngest of fans (usually girls) squeal with excitement ... like that other English boy band that started out singing pop ditties. The mates are ridiculously charming, and, despite their tattoos, are clean cut enough to be even a single-digit-aged girl's first celebrity crush. Although the film does explore the guys' home lives, there aren't any huge emotional revelations like in Katy Perry's film. Sure, there's much more to these guys than what's included here (for example, Zayn recently got engaged), but for a starter look at how they went from singing in their showers to selling out stadium arenas, This Is Us is as catchy and surface-cute as the band's songs.

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