20 Feet from Stardom

2013 PG-13 1h 29m Blu-ray / DVD

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20 Feet from Stardom

2013 PG-13 1h 29m Blu-ray / DVD
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Winner of the 2014 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, this film takes a behind-the-scenes look at the world of backup vocalists, weaving together interviews with legendary singers with the voices that support them.
Format
Blu-ray DVD Streaming
Screen
Widescreen 1.78:1
Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Screen
Widescreen 1.78:1
Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
No
Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio
Rating
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 11+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 11+
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Reviews

age 11+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this fascinating documentary takes a look at some of the music industry's most important, and often ignored, performers. These background singers have been on stage with the greats of rock and roll, often providing haunting vocals to classic tracks. Yet until now, many have remained mostly anonymous. 20 Feet From Stardom is an attempt to remedy this travesty. Expect a few drug references, the word "ass," and a few clips featuring women in scanty costumes.

Sexual Content

Some footage shows singers clad in very short skirts and see-through tops. Discussions about sexism in the industry and about how women are seen as "eye candy."

Violence

Not applicable

Language

"Ass" (as in "kick ass").

Social Behavior

Making it in the music industry takes perseverance, talent, and deep commitment. Anyone who has self-doubt may end up quitting before they hit success. But the ones who manage to stay true to their goals can end up fulfilling their dreams.

Consumerism

The entire film is about popular music. Many well-known artists and some of their best-known songs are mentioned. Plenty of bands appear in historical clips and some appear on screen for interviews.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

A few drug references.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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