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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Love is what powers this group's creativity.
Positive Role Models
Talented people share the stage and work behind the scenes to create a show that showcases their friendship and support for each other. No one tries to hog the attention.
Infrequent use of the words "f--k" and "s--t."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One group member admits alcoholism sidetracked him, but he has now been sober several years.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that We Are Freestyle Love Supreme is a documentary about a core group of freestyle rappers, including Lin-Manuel Miranda of Hamilton renown, who have been friends and have worked together for years. Footage from previous performances is mixed with more current rehearsals and performances of the latest 2019 tour of the group. One group member admits alcoholism sidetracked him, but he has now been sober several years. Language includes "f--k" and "s--t," but the material largely focuses on deep friendships and the joy their collaboration has brought them and audiences. Fans of the show Hamilton will see its roots in Manuel's early inspirations and his familiar collaborators. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
We Are Freestyle Love Supreme is a pleasing documentary about a group of friends who love working together and bringing joy to audiences. That alone makes this inspiring for any young artist striving to do good work. Freestyle rap is a kind of rhyming improv, and this group combines improv comedy group techniques with the freestyle spirit, calling for words and ideas from audiences from which to create spontaneous raps.
Although profane language is occasionally used, this group seems far more focused on lighthearted and fun-loving performances than what might be categorized as hardcore rap, with its frequent emphasis on graphic sexuality, money, and profanity. These guys are having a great time. When an audience member describes an episode with her infirm dog, Miranda gets down on the floor and, shaking and shimmying, embodies a smiling, epileptic canine while another performer raps her saga. Sometimes the rhymes are a bit childish, other times clever, but these guys aren't looking to solve social problems here, just to bring everyone together with beats, music, words, and an uplifting sense of brotherhood.
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