Thunder Soul

2010 PG 1h 28m DVD

Thunder Soul

2010 PG 1h 28m DVD
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Director Mark Landsman totes his cameras to a tight-knit North Houston community in this poignant documentary, which celebrates an inner-city high school bandleader's lasting influence on his now-grown students.
Conrad O. Johnson, Jamie Foxx
Mark Landsman
Widescreen 1.78:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 9+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 9+
age 9+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this documentary is full of inspiring messages and strong role models. Although most Americans won't know the history of the legendary funk band featured in the movie, the documentary is fine for tweens and up. There are a couple of references to a band member's "thug"-like personality and the violence he left behind to stay in the band, as well as some brief mentions of how attractive the band was in the '70s. Some sensitive kids may feel saddened by the band teacher's decline in health and a couple of hospital scenes. Language is limited to "hell" and "damn." Overall, this is an inspiring look at a jazz band that revolutionized high school band competition.

Sexual Content

References to band members' attractive appearance of in high school.


Brief references to a student's self-proclaimed thug-like attitude and the violence he escaped by joining the Kashmere Stage Band.


Occasional "hell" and "damn."

Social Behavior

Strong positive messages, especially that students, even those from poor neighborhoods, will excel if they're believed in and encouraged. Hard work, perseverance, and dedication are key to meeting high expectations. A teacher can motivate you for life. Art and music are powerful forces in the lives of young people.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Brief shot of an adult smoking in footage from the '70s.

  • 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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