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Curtain Call

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
Curtain Call Music Poster Image
Eminem's still brilliant, but not for young teens.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 46 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Some nasty sexism, but also some lovely and vulnerable devotion to family.


Includes violent images.


Very explicit.


Very strong language


Some product placement.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some obvious references

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Eminem uses very strong language, sexual and violent images, and shock value to get his message across. This CD is not recommended for kids and younger teens.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byhaha nate dogg February 9, 2017

I love it.

My favorite track is "Shake That". For real though, Nate Dogg needs more love and recognition. Haha.
Adult Written byAwesomeness142 May 25, 2015
Lots of swearing and talk about drugs and is very offensive but it is a very good album.
Teen, 15 years old Written bybaybay122 May 21, 2014


We just gonna listen to this anyway. Deal with it parents.
Kid, 8 years old August 7, 2009

What's the story?

None of the material on CURTAIN CALL should come as a surprise to music lovers familiar with Eminem's M.O. Even the edited version is filled with lyrics and concepts that may be troubling to parents. But Eminem's unique style of rhythmic phrasing conveys at least as much of the artist's personality as his lyrics or instrumental arrangements. Self-congratulatory, explicit, and gleefully exploiting every taboo in the English language, Eminem's greatest hits collection offers an overview of the young artist's entire oeuvre. There are three new tunes for the many fans who already own everything Eminem has recorded.

Is it any good?

Shock value is the coin of Eminem's realm, and it will be difficult for many parents to get past the singer's raunchy sexism and egocentric posturing. But for those willing to extend the benefit of the doubt, there are some surprisingly tender sentiments expressed on this collection of hits. Charming, vulnerable, and funny, Eminem's lyrics express more than street-punk machismo and reveal a lot about a young man's loves, losses, and uniquely constructed family values. "Mockingbird," a love letter to his children, is a prime example of Eminem's brilliance -- employing evocative, dead-honest lyrics in counterpoint to a children's lullaby.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the occasional social relevance and family values in Eminem's lyrics, and whether or not the points he makes would be weakened by a more socially acceptable presentation.

Music details

  • Artist: Eminem
  • Release date: December 6, 2005
  • Label: Aftermath
  • Genre: Rap
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: Yes

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