Taylor Swift: Miss Americana

Movie review by Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 13+

Savvy docu with strong messages for girls; swearing.

NR 2020 85 minutes

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age 11+

Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 31 reviews

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age 13+

Best movie ever!

Miss Americana is probably one of the best movies I have watched... ever. Taylor Swift's intimate documentary is incredible, it is heartbreaking at points, and most of all it focuses on feminism and girl empowerment. I gave this 13+ even though I wish everyone - especially girls - could see this movie. But realistically, parents will find issues with this. Language. Suggestive topics. And... language. Taylor Swift talks honestly about body image and sexism in the media, which is one of the reasons it's TV-MA. This movie is inspiring, beautifully filmed, and overall a great message for girls everywhere.

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age 14+

Taylor Opens Up

Miss Americana is a frank documentary, mainly narrated by Taylor Swift. It delves into Taylor's career life and spans about the years when she first immerged as a professional singer, about age 14, until the time of the documentary, about age 30. Taylor Swift discusses several areas of her life which has had questions in the past regarding her upbringing and how this helped form her values and how she came to some critical decisions in her life and her career. Taylor is quite explicit and honest about these events and who influenced her in both positive and negative ways. She holds no punches when speaking about critics and musicians in the music industry that treated her with disrespect or who publicly humiliated her. She also is honest about some mistakes she made and how she feels she could have handled things differently in certain cases. She also discusses her emotional withdrawal during periods of time where she remained out of the public eye for a time to reflect and regain her focus and perspective of who she is and where she wants to go in her career. Taylor touched on some topics that she personally had to go through. The subject matter is quite sensitive, but she frames it in a message of hope and how her courage gives so many victims of incidents of sexual abuse a voice. The overall message is very positive, but it should be noted that Taylor Swift provided open and honest perspectives of her life and she uses language at times that expresses anger, frustration, sadness and heartbreak. She does use a small amount of profanity, including the F-word. Parents should use caution when allowing younger children to view this material. Taylor Swift is a very successful musician and artist. And it is clear that the difficulties and challenges she faced during her career have only served to strengthen her. She remains a great role model for younger kids, as well as a wonderful entertainer for youth and adults. She is not a perfect person, as she herself admits in this documentary. But she makes every effort to be as honest as she can with her fans. She tries very hard to project an image of wholesomeness and self-confidence for others to emulate. If you honestly want to know more about who Taylor Swift is, this documentary can provide some insight. It will clarify misconceptions and answer many questions about how she creates, what inspires her, and what has formed her personality and values.

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