Beyond the Lights

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2

Content: -3

Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker, Minnie Driver. Drama. Written & directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood.

FILM SYNOPSIS: A talented young musician on the brink of super stardom struggles with the pressure of her new-found success. It is a lightweight commentary on the music business and show business in general.

PREVIEW REVIEW: What a trap for those of an artistic nature: so much associated with fame becomes soul-sucking and yet those caught up in it canít find a way to live with or without it. Thereís a price to pay for catching that gold ring. Alas, this film handles this aspect of show business superficially. Though the performances are solid, Iím not sure the film would give pause to any starlet about to sign a Hollywood contract. Be careful what you ask for, thatís the message in this romantic drama. And all the while we get to look at the beautiful people get all the toys.

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Relativity Media

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Crude Language: A few crude sexual comments

Obscene Language: Around 12 obscenities, mostly the s-word.

Profanity: I caught one misuse of Jesusí name.

Violence: A belligerent wife-beater is wrestled down to the grown by a cop; later a cop punches a man who has just shot at him; the cop punches a belligerent hip-hop artist; a woman threatens suicide by nearly jumping from her balcony.

Sex: There is a great deal of sensuality, both in dress and attitude; there are a couple of sexual situations; while there is no nudity, these scenes becomes somewhat provocative.

Nudity: Nearly.

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Very brief drinking.

Other: None

Running Time: 116 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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