Parents' Guide to

They Call Me Magic

By Martin Brown, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Docuseries depicts a superstar's incredible life blandly.

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Magic Johnson's tweets have shown that he has a unique way of taking exciting events and distilling them into bland, straightforward information; this docuseries follows suit. They Call Me Magic recounts the highs and lows of Magic's career without much new insight. The dark side of Magic's personal history is alluded to but kept vague, while there are also missed opportunities when discussing his impact as an activist off the court. Discussion of Magic contracting HIV, for example, fails to put the AIDS crisis into real context or sufficiently address the homophobia that accompanied the pandemic. Magic's story on its own is so compelling that it's well worth becoming familiar with, but They Call Me Magic could've done a much stronger job of helping it resonate.

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