Movie review by Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Glittery, glam rock musical soars; expect sex and drugs.

R 2019 121 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 48 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 66 reviews

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age 14+

Edgy Musical Telling of Superstar Story

I think most adults are big Elton John fans and may be tempted to want to share this movie with their kids, to share the music they've loved for so long, but this is mostly a grown up movie, high school and older, and kids younger than 14 might not be ready to see the scenes featuring drug use, and implied sexual acts. Significantly, young children might be quite upset about the very harsh mother character and the statements she makes to her adult son. Those moments seemed much more a concern than the language or sexuality or drugs. Kids 14 or 15 might be better able to use perspective to understand these moments. Best recommendation is this: if your child is 12-16 this might be a good movie to watch together, and then discuss afterward. PS don't let the sexuality/substance use scare you off completely from this movie, even if you normally avoid movies with that content. This is a true to life telling of a one of a kind superstar and Elton John himself was very involved in this film. It features his music in wonderful new ways that will make you feel a thrill each time one begins in this movie.
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age 18+

I can't unsee these graphic scenes.

I agree with Taylorfan101. How can adults let their children watch this. You are planting seeds that will grow in your children. Even adults. Adults can't unsee sexual images either. Images stay with us for a long time. I would recommend this movie for no one.

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