Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones is an excellent and thorough documentary that pulls no punches when it comes to discussing the difficulties faced by this seminal punk band who, while active, never quite got their due. The drug and alcohol habits of some in the band are discussed, as well as the problems in their interpersonal relationships as they persevered in the face of commercial indifference for over two decades. As a testement to the hard work and obstacles this band had to face to be a true original and a seminal innovator of music, this documentary can't be beat, and should be especially enjoyable to punk rock music fans of all ages.
On two occasions, the sex lives of band members are discussed by interviewees. A song about being a male prostitute, "53rd and 3rd," is discussed.
Interviewees discuss fights that happened between members of the band and their significant others. One interviewee discusses how an ex-girlfriend of one of the Ramones tried to cut off the finger of a bass player in another band so he wouldn't be able to play bass anymore.
Infrequent profanity: "S--t, "and "f--k."
Anyone can start a band. The desire for self-expression trumps musical virtuosity. Hard work and perseverance lead to accomplishment, no matter what you undertake.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Two of the interviewees are smoking throughout their interviews. The drinking and drug habits of two of the members of the Ramones are frankly discussed.