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Filly Brown Review

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  • 3.0

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  • 30

    out of 100

    Variety Robert Koehler

    The resulting film is a trite piece of storytelling, with character development and plot points that feel not so much lived in as borrowed from other movies.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter David Rooney

    A dynamic breakout performance from Gina Rodriguez helps this rap-infused drama about a young Los Angeles Latina overcome its patchy storytelling.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Melodramatic and gritty Filly Brown marks the debut of a magnetic screen presence in Gina Rodriguez, as well as the final performance of singer Jenni Rivera, who died in a plane crash in December.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Village Voice Aaron Hillis

    Youssef Delara and Michael D. Olmos's variation on the too-familiar subgenre (the rising inner-city superstar here is a Latina tomboy) is more heartfelt, humanistic, and entertaining than such a clichéd showbiz cautionary tale has any right to be.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times Amy Nicholson

    The cast keeps us invested in Filly's furious resurrection.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

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Young hip-hop artist sacrifices her true identity for fame.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Filly Brown -- which marks the first and last big-screen appearance by late singer Jenni Rivera -- is about a young hip-hop artist trying to make it as a recording artist in Los Angeles without abandoning her values. As her star rises, she must make a series of difficult choices; every time, she gets a little closer to fame and a bit further away from her true identity. The film has some graphic beatings, and in one scene, a man comes very close to raping a teenage girl. Several sequences show people (including teens) smoking pot and drinking beer, and there's heavy swearing all throughout the movie ("f--k," "s--t," and much more).

  • Families can talk about the choices that Majo makes. What motivates her? Do you think she's a relatable character? What would you have done in her position?
  • How do her father's choices parallel Majo's? What does he decide? Is that the right choice?
  • What is the movie saying about fame and those who seek it?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: To become a rap star, Majo must choose between being true to herself or abandoning her friends and her values. She initially decides that fame and fortune are worth the price but eventually realizes it's not the best decision.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Majo abandons her friends, lies, and steals, all in an effort to help her mother. It's an admirable goal, though her methods are misguided, and she eventually sees the error of her ways.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: A few graphic beatings, including a gang that assaults a man with a baseball bat, a man who comes close to raping an underage teenage girl (and punches her when she resists), and a woman who's kidnapped.

  • sex false0

    Sex: A few kisses.

  • language false3

    Language: Strong, very frequent language includes "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "bitch" "d--k," and plenty of other choice words.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some scenes show adults drinking beer and teens smoking pot. An older man gives hard liquor to an underage girl.