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MOMMY MOVIE REVIEW: Can Kids See “A Star is Born”

Be honest. You were going to see A Star is Born no matter WHAT the critics said, weren’t you? The fact that I’m giving Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut an A+ means diddly because you probably purchased tickets last week.
We all know that YOU are going to see A Star is Born, but the real question is
can you take your kids?
Well, I’ve seen this Bradley Cooper-Lady Gaga love-story and I can tell you that the Motion Picture Association of America has once again jumped-the-gun with an R-rating. A Star is Born is an appropriate movie for SOME kids, but certainly not all of them.
The MPAA’s R-rating is due to “language throughout, some sexuality/nudity and substance abuse.” Yes, you will hear plenty of salty words and there’s no shortage of F-bombs. We get to watch Cooper and Gaga roll around in bed a few times, but it’s artfully shot and never graphic. I don’t recall anything more explicit than a bit of side-boob and butt-cheek, but a visit to a drag-show early in the film does show some scantily clad dancers. A Star is Born is a story centered around substance abuse though, which will probably be the greatest concern for most parents.
Bradley Cooper’s Jackson Maine struggles with drug and alcohol addiction that leads to a massive downward spiral. It, as well as his ongoing battle with depression, is well-acted and extremely difficult to watch. I could argue that young people today are more familiar with this battle than parents realize though, having watched their favorite celebs regularly enter and exit rehab. You should have the “dangers-of-drugs-and-alcohol” discussion with your kids at some point though, and there’s no time like the present if you see the film with them.
I would recommend A Star is Born to mature 13-year-olds and up. It’s possible that kids younger than this would love it too, but I would encourage parents to see it first and then decide. Believe me, you will want to see it more than once.
Ultimately, A Star is Born is a gorgeous, emotional journey (with a FANTASTIC soundtrack!) that you’ll enjoy seeing with anyone you care about. Hug each other tightly and cry through it together, then talk about it the whole way home. Sounds like the BEST kind of movie experience to me!
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  1. I saw it yesterday with my husband and loved it! And, yes, you are correct in that I do want to see it again. In fact, I am considering seeing it with my 12-year-old daughter which is what brought me to your blog. I agree that an R rating is questionable for this movie. Although, I did just want to point out that in addition to all the concerns you mentioned above there is a little more than side boob to be seen. In the side boob scene they do show her nipple, and then there is the scene where there is full frontal nudity when she stands up in the bathtub. The image is fleeting, but it is there. Other than those additions I completely agree with your assessment. I enjoyed finding your blog. Thank you.

  2. This movie is NOT appropriate for kids… for many reasons you stated but especially for the frequent and unneccessary use of eff bombs throughout most scenes.

    Sorry… I completely disagree with you. They should wait — and not until they’re 13.

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