Jimi: All Is by My Side

2014 R 1h 58m DVD

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Jimi: All Is by My Side

2014 R 1h 58m DVD
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André Benjamin stars as Jimi Hendrix in this biopic that chronicles his rise to fame and the personal demons he battled along the way. Clips of the actual Hendrix punctuate the film as it explores little-known aspects of the troubled star's life.
Format
DVD
Screen
Widescreen 1.78:1
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Rating
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
  • André Benjamin
  • Imogen Poots
  • Hayley Atwell
  • Ruth Negga
  • Adrian Lester
  • Laurence Kinlan
  • Andrew Buckley
  • Burn Gorman
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Reviews

age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Jimi: All Is by My Side is a biographical drama about the pivotal year right after iconic musician Jimi Hendrix was discovered in a New York nightclub and then encouraged to move to London. Starring OutKast's Andre Benjamin as Hendrix, the narrowly focused biopic doesn't shy away from the legendary guitarist's substance (acid, weed, cigarettes, alcohol) and domestic abuse (which has been disputed by both Hendrix's heirs and the woman involved), as well as sex (he was a bit of a womanizer) and language ("s--t," "f--k," plus some British insults like "tosser" and "cow" and a couple of racist remarks made by white police officers). Fans of the musician should know that the movie doesn't include any of Hendrix's music, since the filmmakers weren't able to secure the rights to his songs.

Sexual Content

Jimi has four different girlfriends throughout the film and has varying degrees of intimacy with each of them. He's shown passionately kissing three of them and making love to two of them (not graphic). Additional sexual references.

Violence

English cops harass Jimi and threaten to hurt him, and Jimi strikes his girlfriend repeatedly with a phone's handset, sending her to the hospital.

Language

Frequent strong language includes "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "tosser," and racial slurs like "Ooga Booga Man."

Social Behavior

Underscores the idea that the audience for music shouldn't be divided by color or class and that behind every legendary musician is a group of little-known muses, managers, and intimates who support him or her.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Jimi and Linda drop acid (sugar cubes topped with liquid). He also drinks a lot and smokes weed a few times. Many characters smoke cigarettes (accurate for the movie's time period).

  • 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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