Parents' Guide to

The Sparks Brothers

By Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Star-studded positive music documentary has strong language.

Movie R 2021 135 minutes
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For anyone with an interest in the arts, this affectionate and enlightening music documentary will shine as a love letter to integrity, creativity, humor, and dedication. The Sparks Brothers benefits from Wright's kinetic, cut-up filmmaking style as he splices together interviews, archive footage, and clips from movies. Aside from speaking honestly about the death of their father at a young age, there's maybe not a huge amount of personal information for Sparks fans to unearth here. But new interviews with brothers Russell and Ron Mael -- who under the guise of Sparks have released 25 diverse albums -- and hand-picked clips that show them at their very best, makes sure it's a true greatest hits ride through their career.

For newcomers or dabblers to Sparks, the documentary lifts the lid on what the movie calls "your favorite band's favorite band," signposting great singles, albums, and performances to devour once the credits have rolled. At two hours and 15 minutes, it runs a little long. But that's a minor gripe. Far from the dour, warts and all style of other music docs, The Sparks Brothers is an often hilarious celebration of music, art, and two oddball brothers who've never compromised and still haven't stopped creating.

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