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Travis Scott: Look Mom I Can Fly

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Drugs, constant profanity in so-so music docu.

Movie NR 2019 85 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 14+

Brian Costello is dumb

Brian Costello you’re an idiot if you think this documentary has no positive messages. The entire premise of Astroworld is chasing a lifelong dream that only you believed was possible. Just because you see a black guy with a chain on who makes music that would probably kill someone as soft as you, doesn’t mean it’s trash. Get a real job.
age 14+

I think this film is suitable for ages 14 and up. If you have a child like my son, who is obsessed with Travis Scott, they would be fascinated by his origins and his rise to fame. However, there is almost constant profanity. In my opinion, this movie comes down to the maturity of your child. If you think they can handle the swearing, I would say this is a good movie for them (if they are a Travis fan, of course!).

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This documentary is best for superfans of the rapper. Travis Scott: Look Mom I Can Fly shows Scott at a particularly high point in his life: the birth of his first child, performing for thousands of rabid stage-diving fans, performing at the 2019 Super Bowl halftime show (even if the criticism of many for doing so in light of Colin Kaepernick's accusations of endemic racism in the NFL is largely glossed over), completing the album Astroworld, earning three Grammy nominations for Astroworld, and being presented with the key to the city of his hometown of Houston by the city's mayor. It's a lot of winning, to be sure.

There are also moments throughout that seem, intentional or not, like nods to other star performers in their documentaries. Scott prays backstage before the show like Madonna in Truth or Dare, berates the stage crew like Beyoncé in Homecoming, tries to calm a violent crowd like Mick Jagger in Gimme Shelter, toys with fans like Bob Dylan in Don't Look Back. Maybe this proves that there's really nothing new under the sun, the beat goes on, etc. Perhaps, but none of this really makes the documentary feel like anything but an extended propaganda film/promotional video. And even with the moments of showing Scott's humble beginnings and his professed love of his fans, it's hard to shed anything but crocodile tears over the documentary's "saddest" moment -- when Scott goes 0 for 3 in Grammy nominations for Astroworld. The ultimate takeaway, for those who aren't already fans, is a prefab glimpse into yet another self-involved superstar.

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