Pink: All I Know So Far
Intimate music doc has positive messages, cursing, drinking.
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Pink: All I Know So Far
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What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pink: All I Know So Far is a documentary about the well-known singer and how she juggles being a mother with putting on a world tour. The film offers a very positive portrayal of a woman who's managing a high-profile career involving a team of hundreds of people and, at the same time, is a mom who's deeply bonded with and present for her young kids. Pink talks about leading by example and working hard, setting a high bar for herself as "boss" so others will follow. She demonstrates gratitude to her husband, ensemble, and fans, and perseverance in putting on physically challenging concerts then coming home and being fully there for her kids. Her lyrics and public persona embody inclusivity, and she seems to inspire and encourage her fans in many ways. Her husband is portrayed as a loving, involved father who had his own stellar career and now supports his wife in hers. Archive footage shows Pink being dragged off stage when a harness malfunctioned, injuring her. She talks about the trauma of that experience, and it might be on viewers' mind later whenever she steps into a harness or prays before a concert for "safety" for her team and their "apparatuses." Language includes multiple variations of "f--k," as well as "s--t," "bitch," "damn," and "ass." Pink, her husband, and members of her tour entourage drink wine, champagne, and beer regularly at meals and events. In one concert scene, Pink suggestively rearranges her breasts inside a tight suit. In a conversation, there's mention of a blow-up doll. Pink reads a letter from a fan who found the courage to come out thanks to the star's confidence and support for members of the LGBTQ community.
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What's the Story?
Singer Pink is embarking on a world tour in 2019 and PINK: ALL I KNOW SO FAR captures a portion of its European leg. The documentary pulls back the curtain on both the behind-the-scenes effort that goes into putting on concerts for tens of thousands of fans, and the even further-behind-the scenes life of a celebrity and her husband attempting to create a healthy home life for their young kids as they travel between hotels and cities. The film combines interview and firsthand footage of Pink on and off stage as well as some archive material of her childhood and early career. Her husband and two kids figure prominently. The film is loosely structured as a countdown to the highlight concert of the tour at Wembley Stadium.
Is It Any Good?
There's something reassuring about Pink's presence, and this latest entry to the rock documentary genre hits that point home in multiple ways. Directed by The Greatest Showman's Michael Gracey (who also executive produced Rocketman), Pink: All I Know So Far skillfully combines video from the performer's 2019 "Beautiful Trauma" world tour with significant film of her in hotel rooms with her husband and two young kids. There's also first-hand interview material, spliced in as voiceovers and black-and-white footage, and a limited amount of archive material. Two segments are particularly memorable. One is when Pink is talking about the day her kids will see through her tough, world-famous exterior to the fragile human she really is, a voiceover set to images of her in a harness and flying free during rehearsals high above an empty Wembley Stadium. Another is when she reads tweets and emotional letters from fans, for whom the persona of Pink clearly provides inspiration and encouragement (one says Pink is the reason she didn't commit suicide).
The gist of the film comes in precisely that contrast of the mega-production Pink and her team of 250 are putting on, and the not-so-quiet family moments, where we see "Alecia" and her husband, former motorcross competitor Carey Hart, grappling with their whirlwind of a 2-year-old son and their more introspective 8-year-old daughter. The kids don't care if Mommy has just put on an exhausting, sold-out show for 80,000, or if Mommy catching their fever would shut down a multimillion-dollar venture; they just want her attention. Pink memorably pinpoints how mothers never stop worrying about their kids, even while they're at work, and we see her juggling that with the "mega-responsibility" of being "the boss" on a massive tour. According to this documentary, she's excelling at and enjoying both, though of course most moms don't have private jets and full staffs, and the documentary doesn't show us the people making everything run smoothly behind the scenes -- those carrying and expertly unpacking her 17 suitcases at each stop along the tour, for example. Still, Pink comes across as hard-working, talented, and fully dedicated to both her fans and her kids, and as far as pop icons or rockumentaries go, it's a unique combination that makes for a compelling watch.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the cult of celebrity and why people want to see celebrities as role models but simultaneously want to know all about their personal lives, as seen in Pink: All I Know So Far.
Pink reads tweets and letters from devoted fans. What did you think of these? Is there a celebrity who has meant as much in your own life?
How does Pink embody gratitude and perseverance? How are these character strengths helpful in her life and career? How could they be beneficial in your own life?
Pink's concerts are physically demanding. Did the film give you a sense of the training, work, and rehearsals that go into putting on these shows?
How does the film combine concert footage, archive material, and filmed interviews? Was there an aspect of the singer's life or career you would've liked to hear or see more about?
- On DVD or streaming: May 21, 2021
- Cast: Pink, Carey Hart, Willow Sage Hart
- Director: Michael Gracey
- Studio: Amazon Studios
- Genre: Documentary
- Topics: Great Girl Role Models, Music and Sing-Along
- Character Strengths: Gratitude, Perseverance
- Run time: 100 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Last updated: February 28, 2022
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