A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Audiences will learn how the band got together via the British talent show The X-Factor, where the guys are all from, and what it's like for them on each international stop of their first global concert tour.
The guys, who seem as close as siblings, show how important it is to be grateful for success and to realize that without their fans, they'd still be working in bakeries or singing for just their families.
Positive Role Models
According to the documentary, the guys are all incredibly close mates and are grateful to their fans for turning them into a global pop sensation. They take care of their families -- one scene shows Zayn buying his parents a house -- and seem genuinely surprised by their success and the reach of their fandom.
Violence & Scariness
No violence, although the hordes of excited fangirls who follow 1D can sometimes threaten their personal security.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The guys often hang out backstage shirtless, and in one scene, one of them is shown changing (he's momentarily seen in just his boxer briefs). Several of the band members have visible tattoos, and one of Harry's is shown a few times because it's across his chest. Band members don't discuss their personal romantic relationships, but the language in a couple of their ballads can be overtly romantic and makes references to physical attraction/attributes.
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Language includes a couple uses of "ass," plus "what the hell," "bloody," "crap," "damn," "oh my God," and "mental."
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Products & Purchases
The British boy band is itself the "product" of the film, and it serves as a powerful promotional tool for their unbelievably popular act. The movie capitalizes on the band's origins and popularity, as well as how much social media and young female fandom is responsible for making them so famous. Producer Simon Cowell and his brainchild The X-Factor are also prominently featured.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that One Direction: This Is Us follows the international concert tour of Britain's most popular boy band since the Beatles. The documentary, directed by Academy Award nominee Morgan Spurlock, chronicles how Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry, and Louis went from being a bunch of humble British/Irish boys who could sing to becoming a near-overnight sensation -- first in the United Kingdom and then the world. There's some mild language (including a couple of uses of "ass"), several glimpses of the One Direction guys shirtless (including camera shots of their tattoos), and some romantic song lyrics. Fans -- particularly tween/teen girls -- will want to see this on the big screen. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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