A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Purpose of the film is to remove the stigma of mental illness. Positive messages are everywhere: written on the screen and said in passing, all relaying that you are enough. Happiness is having a purpose.
Positive Role Models
Gomez opens up about her anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder. She's shown to be a generous, kind, and caring woman who's using her celebrity to help others.
Gomez and her relatives are Mexican American. Gomez has agency and power. A visit to a Kenyan school incorporates African culture. Several people, including Gomez, discuss their mental health diagnoses, and the film's goal is to destigmatize issues around mental health.
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Violence & Scariness
A few stories about and references to suicidal thoughts and attempts, all from young women who are glad they didn't succeed.
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Strong language peppered throughout includes "kick ass," "pissed," and "s---ty," but mostly "f--k."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
News reports reference that Selena had a drug habit and went to rehab. A story makes a verbal reference to a drug dealer.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Selena Gomez: My Mind & Me is a documentary intended to open dialogue about mental health and remove the stigma associated with mental illness. As much as Gomez' younger fans may want to watch this documentary, it's intended for young adults. Gomez is heartbreakingly honest in sharing her dark thoughts and challenges with bipolar disorder, anxiety, and depression. Pop songs and juicy personal tidbits are scant here: This is a serious film with mature conversations, including references to suicidal thoughts and stories about suicide attempts. News reports reference that Gomez had a drug problem, but no one confirms, denies, or discusses it in the film. There's a bit of strong language, including several uses of "f--k." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
In 2009, Gomez sang, "Tell Me Something I Don't Know"; in 2022, the singer makes good on that promise to her audience in this astonishingly raw documentary. The film opens with scenes of her as a 23-year-old preparing for a concert tour with laughter and jokes about costumes, but the rehearsal ends in buckets of tears, revealing insecurity, self-doubt, and anxiety on a level that will surprise her fans. Writer-director Alek Keshishian, known for making waves with Madonna: Truth or Dare, follows Gomez for six years, as she goes through major ups and downs that lead to not just personal growth, but also transformation.
Gomez opens up her diary to share her feelings of unworthiness with viewers, revelations that eventually shift to show a young woman realizing her value. But even though she does open up her diary, she's not an open book: Plenty of details remain private. (Fans hoping to get tea on Gomez' relationship with ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber won't just be disappointed, but they may also feel guilty for wanting to know more.) The film is really Gomez' search for purpose, and it appears she realized while filming the documentary that this was the platform to fulfill it. Gomez has always known she's a role model, and her generosity and kindness are evident throughout. But the film shows her discovering that those qualities -- plus her personal struggles -- can help create meaningful change. In revealing her diagnosis with bipolar disorder, how it affected her life, how she's managing it, and how she came to embrace her mental health as part of her wholeness, she's making herself into the poster child for "mental illness" in hopes that it will become "mental acceptance." For someone with anxiety, it's an act of courage. For parents with kids who are struggling, it's a godsend.
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