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Searching for Sugar Man

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Intriguing docu about missing musician; some language, pot.

Movie PG-13 2013 86 minutes
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Sugar Man Reviews of The Film

I Think "Sugar Man" is A Good Movie But Lots of Language And So, I Want P arents And Kids Not To Learn These Languages From This Movie "Sugar Ma n" And Be Cautious While Watching This Very Good Film!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This captivating film is such a wild story that it has to be true; nobody would take it seriously if it were fiction. Director Malik Bendjelloul tells the tale with quiet precision, and before you can figure out who it's about and why we should care about a musician who never caught on, you're hooked. It helps that the music is soulful and piercing -- as several of the music industry executives say, it's hard to figure out why Rodriguez's albums flopped. (Therein lies a major hook for the movie, though.) It's also easy to see how his songs of quiet strength and gentle rebellion caught on in South Africa during the apartheid years.

But that's just the foundation of this film. The real story is how a dogged music journalist tried to find out what happened to the mysterious Rodriguez, a man who had seemingly dropped off the planet. What happens next is heartwarming and uplifting, as we learn happens to someone who discovers very late in life that he's not the failure he had thought he was.

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