Made in America

2013 NR 1h 35m DVD

Made in America

2013 NR 1h 35m DVD
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Filmmaker Ron Howard captures Jay Z's two-day "Made in America" music festival and talks with the artist about the new pluralism of modern society. The film also includes performances by Run-D.M.C., Skrillex, Janelle Monae, the Hives and more.
Gary Clark Jr., D'Angelo, Dirty Projectors, The Hives, Jay-Z, Janelle Monáe, Rita Ora, Passion Pit, Pearl Jam, Run DMC, Santigold, Jill Scott, Skrillex, Ye
Ron Howard
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 the promotional documentary Made in America features rapper Jay-Z and other performers from the 2013 Made in America festival held in Philadelphia. It highlights how music has the power to unify people and contains positive messages about diversity, creativity, and the arts. Teen music fans will be drawn to it, but the strong language and lyrics with sexual innuendo make it a bit heavy for younger kids.

Sexual Content

Some lyrics contain some sexual innuendo, including lewd references to women and having sex.


Interviews and lyrics talk about gang activities, shootings, and other violent events. Folks are visible bouncing around in mosh pits, but no one gets hurt.


Strong language, including "t-ts," "bitch," "f--k," "s--t," and other strong words, are audible during interviews and in song lyrics. The "N" word also is audible.

Social Behavior

The way music brings people together is a major theme here. Some of the personal and professional journeys of musicians and others touched by the festival are discussed.


The documentary is a promotional vehicle for the festival. The Budweiser logo is visible. Excerpts from MTV music videos and festival performances are featured.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

References are made to Jay-Z's past drug activities and subsequent recovery.

  • 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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