Beyoncé: Life Is But a Dream

2013 NR 2 discs

Beyoncé: Life Is But a Dream

2013 NR 2 discs
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As director, producer and star, Beyoncé is in charge of the portrait she presents in this film about life at the top of the pop universe. Using on- and off-stage footage -- some shot from her own laptop -- Beyoncé provides a window into her world.
Beyoncé Knowles
Beyoncé Knowles
Widescreen 1.78:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Beyonce: Life Is But a Dream is a self-produced documentary about singer Beyonce Knowles whose main areas of concern are edgy language (including "f--k" and "s--t") and mature themes, like pregnancy and relationships. Occasionally cigarette smoking and wine drinking is visible. A silhouette of Knowles' naked, pregnant boy is visible without any private parts in detail; concert footage features some sexy dancing and skin-revealing outfits, too.

Sexual Content

Contains references to making love. Concert footage features skin-revealing costumes and provocative dancing. Beyonce's pregnancy is a theme; sonogram footage is visible, as is a silhouette of Beyonce's naked, pregnant body (but no private parts are really shown).


Nothing violent, but Beyonce admits to wanting to be angered before a performance in order to do well on stage. A miscarriage is discussed. Occasionally members of her entourage get a little testy and yell.


Words like "piss," "ass" and "bitch" are audible both in conversation and song lyrics. Curses like "s--t" and "f--k" are frequently used. Occasionally a rude gesture is visible.

Social Behavior

Beyonce gets across messages about hard work and determination, as well as introspection and thoughtfulness. She expresses the value of her belief in God. She also discusses issues specifically faced by female singers and performers in the industry, including establishing boundaries and performing while pregnant.


Beyonce's music and concerts are central to the show and this is clearly a promotional vehicle for her brand. Apple computers are prominently visible; in one scene people are eating from a box of Cheez-Its.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Cigarette smoking is visible; wine is occasionally shown, but not really consumed on camera.

  • 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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