Young @ Heart

Movie review by
Erika Milvy, Common Sense Media
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Docu finds fountain of youth through hard rock.
  • PG
  • 2008
  • 108 minutes

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 1 review

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Reveals the best of humanity and focuses on community, courage, motivation, and the willingness to learn new things at any age.

Violence & Scariness

A mention of the deaths of two chorus members during the course of the documentary.

Sexy Stuff

"Bitch" is said in one song.


Features popular songs from artists like Sonic Youth, The Clash, Talking Heads, Coldplay, James Brown, and others.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a documentary about senior citizens, which might, to teens, sound like a snore. It isn't. The film is alive with music and resilience. But over the course of the movie, two chronically ill members of the chorus die and concerns of geriatric health and impending death are addressed.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMovieLover4Lyfe June 2, 2010
This is a sad movie, but it's also a nicely made movie.
Adult Written bycaitlin414 January 1, 2010


It is a great movie for any age over 5!
Teen, 13 years old Written byThinker96 September 8, 2009
I cried so hard! Too characters die, sorry to spoil, but you should know. Sad, but really, really, good.

What's the story?

This documentary follows a number of Massachusetts senior citizens (average age 81) who are part of the [email protected] chorus, a somewhat unorthodox group of vocalists who perform rock, funk, and punk covers worldwide. Chorus director Bob Cilman, a kind but stern taskmaster, tries to teach the group some new songs as they rehearse for a sold-out concert, but some just can't get the hang of the new numbers. "Yes We Can Can" proves to be confusing, with its tongue-twisting multiple "cans." And the duet of Coldplay's poignant "Fix You" is interrupted with the death of one of the singers. His death and the death of another member of the chorus that same week are hard on the members of the group. But they don't quit, knowing the show must go on.

Is it any good?

YOUNG @ HEART is an inspiring testament to the human spirit and perseverance in the face of death, illness, and difficult-to-comprehend punk lyrics. Plus this documentary may shed a new positive light on a life stage that younger people may fear.

Certainly some of the humor of the movie comes from the incongruity of "granny" types -- little old ladies and grumpy old men -- singing hard rock, and the assumption that this type of music would be merely "noise" to the elderly. It's really intriguing to hear these songs (which will be familiar to some) in a new context. Talking Head's "Road to Nowhere" takes on a new meaning about aging. As does the Ramones' "I Want to be Sedated."

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about aging. How do you stay young at heart? To what extent do mental rigor and physical activity play a role? What about community and friendship? Why do you think this group of seniors wanted to be a part of a band like this one?

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