The Five Heartbeats

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

age 16+

The rise and fall of a flashy, fictional 1960s rock group.

R 1991 121 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 1 review

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age 15+

A Classic

This movie is a black classic. I recommend everyone watch to see themes and issues that pervaded the Motown era of music for black artists. Issues include racism, crooked music execs, drugs, sex, etc.
age 13+

The Five Heartbeats

One of the best films of all time.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

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