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Parents' Guide to

Sing Street

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Brilliant (if edgy) musical drama celebrates creativity.

Movie PG-13 2016 106 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 12+

Brilliant feel-good musical drama has excellent characters, great soundtrack

Sing Street is thoughtful, uplifting, and uniquely poignant, with excellent role models (though teenagers smoke), wonderful characters, a superb soundtrack and one rollercoaster ride of a story. For young teenagers--especially those interested in music--this is an excellent choice. There is, however, slightly more swearing than in your average PG-13 movie ("s--t," "f----t," a use of "f--k") plus mild innuendos (discussion of an affair; a woman takes out what appears to a vibrator but she isn't seen actually using it). Some scenes depict characters exhibiting racism and homophobia that's surprising albeit accurate for the time period. Despite some iffy content, it'll resonate perfectly with a teenage audience.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
age 12+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (7 ):

Few films are truly perfect, but this one comes pretty close. A clear labor of love from John Carney, the filmmaker who brought us Once and Begin Again (two films in which music plays a key role in the protagonists' turnaround), Sing Street is a coming-of-age film that doesn't stick to the usual cliches but instead taps into a teen's genuine yearning for experience, wisdom, and transcendence. And it does so while making significant observations about marriage, religious dogma, education, and the economy -- all institutions on which we rely and which can either fail us or teach us at crucial moments.

Movies that pay homage to other creative endeavors -- in this case, 1980s music -- often come up short because the versions they replicate pale in comparison to the originals. But in this case, as with Carney's other films, the songs are clever, catchy, original, and nostalgic all at once. Bravo!

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