The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie

Movie review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
The Naked Brothers Band: The Movie Movie Poster Image
Tween targets won't get kiddie Spinal Tap.
  • NR
  • 2007
  • 82 minutes

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 22 reviews

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Positive Messages

Adult role models are largely absent from the film. The father of the two main characters rarely interacts with his sons, so the older boy takes responsibility for his younger brother (who acts and speaks much older than his six years would warrant). Other parents only drop in occasionally to demand more individual attention for their band-member kids. Glamorizes the life of a kid star.


In one scene, an argument between two adult women ends in a brief scuffle with no injuries. A few brief clips of professional wrestling include some banging around.


Some female characters dress in skimpy clothes, and the boys' adoring fans often flirt outrageously with them. One character jokingly references "boobies." One scene shows an adult couple kissing passionately.


Frequent use of "Oh my God" and "shut up" one exclamation of "Jesus!"


Lots of references to products like Game Boy and Cheerios. Nameless soda is prevalent, so much so that one character's "addiction" to it lands him in a recovery program for "soda-holics."

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the satire in this mockumentary about the highs and lows of young stardom may be too subtle for tweens without a grasp of the tumultuous nature of the music industry (in other words, most of them). They may only see the over-glorified celebrity lifestyle. Swelling egos and creative differences cause conflict within the band, including some name-calling. The under-10 kids on screen have very little adult supervision, and conversations touch on topics like how babies are made, homosexuality, hand gestures with suggestive meaning in other cultures, and (from a 6-year-old) the strong desire to kiss lots of girls. The movie is tied to a TV series that's better suited to the target tween audience.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 9, 14, 16, and 16-year-old Written March 16, 2014


The film in itself is not enjoyable for adults, however my kids loved it when they first seen it a few years ago! The conversations are not that great for kids... Continue reading
Parent of a 10 and 12-year-old Written byJulie- April 4, 2011

terrible - keep your kids away....

this website appears a little like the movie - hardly any parental conrol........
Teen, 14 years old Written byILUVMEAT April 9, 2008

s-t-u-p-i-d g-a-r-b-a-g-e spells Naked Brothers band

Just like my review for battle of the bands, its just about a little rock star and his love for Rosalina. This is just garbage and a waste of time to watch. I... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bytyrin453 March 25, 2012

i think

we think this movie is geat

What's the story?

THE NAKED BROTHERS BAND MOVIE chronicles the life and times of a kid band that's led by two very talented singing and songwriting brothers, Nat (age 9) and Alex Wolff (age 6). The mockumentary follows the band through their concerts, rehearsals, and road trips, recording their thoughts on fame, girls, and early adolescence. The cameras capture the ups and downs of life in the spotlight as members open up in individual interviews about their struggles with friendships tested by rising egos and the group's eventual breakdown over creative differences. In real life, the talented Wolff brothers began performing with preschool friends at a young age as The Naked Brothers Band; original band members Joshua Kaye, David Levi, and Thomas Batuello sing alongside the Wolff boys in the movie. Nat and Alex's dad -- jazz musician Michael Wolff (The Arsenio Hall Show) -- also joins the family affair as his sons' onscreen father.

Is it any good?

Created and directed by actress Polly Draper (thirtysomething), this high-concept movie is the brainchild of her sons and the film's stars, Nat and Alex. The film strives for the feel mastered by This Is Spinal Tap, and the premise is intriguing and certainly offers a tongue-in-cheek view of a celebrity-obsessed culture that idolizes even the youngest performers.

But most of the subtle satire will probably be missed by tween viewers unfamiliar with the trademark turbulence of many musical groups -- essential background for grasping the movie's humor. Young audiences instead will see only the band members' unrealistic, glorified lifestyle: they don't attend school, they seem to have limitless free time for sitting around talking about themselves, and they often enjoy basking in their own popularity.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the music industry. Do you think this movie accurately portrays the ups and downs of fame? Which parts don't seem realistic? Does it make you wonder what really goes on behind the scenes with celebrities? Why do you think people are so interested in famous rock stars' lives?

  • Families can also discuss the challenges of following your dreams. Kids, do you know what you want to be when you're older? What got you interested in that? Is there anything you can do now to start preparing for your goals?

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