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Yellow Rose

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Poignant, powerfully performed tribute to country music.

Movie PG-13 2020 94 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 12+

Powerful, Entertaining film, better for teens/mature tweens

This Feel-good/Music Drama, has lots of positive messages, about bravery, love and perseverance. Well, Parents, note somethings done: expect frequent/strong language of s--t, sh---y, f--k, d--k, hell and damn. Also lots of drinking, underage drinking, to excess and drunkenness. Some mild violence includes police arresting a 17 year old's mother, but nothing to worry about. Yellow Rose is an iffy choice for children under the age of 13.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 13+

Don't miss it!

A wonderful film - moving, inspirational, full of real life characters, with a refreshing absence of cheap smut, sex and language which is incongruous the lives of normal people.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (2 ):

Driven by Noblezada's standout central performance, writer-director Diane Paragas' memorable drama is an exploration of identity and immigration, as well as a lovely tribute to the power of music. Despite her Broadway experience, Noblezada downplays her star appeal through Rose's somewhat shy demeanor ... until she builds up her confidence and starts belting out country ballads in front of an audience. And it's a real coup for Paragas that she managed to secure Broadway legend Salonga to play Rose's Tita Gail. While she's mostly underused (although it's understandable, given the plot developments), Salonga does manage to sing Dahil Sa Iyo, a classic Tagalog love song. It's not nearly enough of her voice, but with Noblezada, Salonga, and Watson in the cast, there's more than one amazing voice on the soundtrack, which is fabulous.

As Rose goes from place to place looking for sanctuary, she grows as a musician but has to close in and protect herself. With her mother in custody, it's difficult for Rose to feel truly safe, even as others offer her a job, a bed, and even the chance to grow as a musician. Booth's Elliot is an ideal friend and potential love interest; he's obviously interested in Rose, but he realizes she has much bigger issues than a romantic relationship on her mind. He's exactly the kind of sweet, generous, and accepting 18-year-old there should be more of in popular culture. And Watson's gravitas is in full force as a larger-than-life version of himself. For a brief moment, audiences might fear what an older man might expect from an attractive younger woman, but -- thank goodness -- he's strictly a godfather figure. There are many sad moments in the film, but ultimately it's about perseverance and finding your way.

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