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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Celebrates music of all genres. Music has power to change lives. With talent, confidence, strong work ethic, a motherless boy from South Side of Chicago reaches highest echelon of the arts. Nurturing talent in others is its own unique gift.
Positive Role Models
Along with being uniquely talented, Jones is hardworking, resourceful, determined, willing to take risks. He's grateful for what he has been given and for what he has earned. He appears to recognize his flaws (a less-than-perfect parent, a heavy drinker) and to take positive steps to change behavior. An outstanding role model for an aging population, Jones continues to contribute to the arts in substantial ways.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
References to infidelity and promiscuity.
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Coarse language throughout: "pimp," "s--t," "ass," many forms of "f--k." One use of the "N" word.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Makes it clear that Jones has had a longtime struggle with alcohol; he comments that he has finally given it up. Cigarette smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Quincy is a documentary about Quincy Jones, a multitalented musician, composer, and producer. Co-directed by one of his six daughters, actress and filmmaker Rashida Jones (with Alan Hicks), the movie encapsulates a lifetime of personal milestones, achievements, and struggles, and, as a bonus, presents an in-depth, clear-eyed picture of the man today, in his mid-80s, still vital and creative. The movie is intended for both admirers of Jones himself and for fans of a variety of iconic artists like Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, and Michael Jackson, whose lives and work he influenced. Best for mature viewers, as there's occasional profanity, including "f--k," "s--t," "ass," and one use of the "N" word. In addition, references are made to Jones' issues with alcohol and infidelity. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Rashida Jones and co-director Alan Hicks have filmed a celebration of the life of an extraordinary talent with an illustrious musical history and an intriguing personal life. And Quincy is without question a celebration. The man's struggles -- with a fraught childhood and a less-than-stable personal life in his adult years -- are reflected upon, but not explored in-depth. It's the filmmakers' choice, as is having Jones himself do the narration. It's a daughter's prerogative to help establish her father's substantial legacy. Jones and Hicks clearly give Quincy Jones his due. The many historical moments -- his partnerships with other musical icons, earliest jobs with Lionel Hampton, Count Basie, and others, his stunning participation in film scoring and producing (The Wiz, The Color Purple) -- are film highlights.
Running a little over two hours, the film feels long at times, and the countless moves from the present to the past and back again aren't always seamless. Still, Quincy is a welcome tribute to a man whose work ethic is almost as astonishing as his talent, and whose efforts on behalf of others deserve recognition.
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