Parents' Guide to

The Filth and the Fury

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Best for older teens, especially Sex Pistols fans.

Movie R 2000 108 minutes
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age 17+

Based on 1 parent review

age 17+

appropriate only for older teens and adults

Great for parents who are Sex Pistols fans. I would not show it to my 16 year old daughter at all. Maybe when she is older.... but with a dialogue about the wisdom of their choices and a discussion of where they all are, or aren't, now.

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The movie reveals some fascinating details about the Sex Pistols band members. Temple, who was around when the band was together, clearly has the trust of the surviving members; he shoots them in shadows, so our visual image of them is not diluted by signs of aging. We see their present-day recollections over footage of themselves more than two decades ago. Temple skillfully intercuts scenes from music hall performers, Laurence Olivier's Richard III and Hamlet, contemporary commentators, and The Great Rock and Roll Swindle to provide a sense of context and contrast.

The Sex Pistols were enormously influential, and many rock bands found some inspiration in their willingness to take on any authority. For a brief time, they played the role of the child who tells the emperor he has no clothes. As one band member says, "I question everything. I always have done." Not a bad slogan for rock and roll, for adolescence, or even for everyone.

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