What Parents Need to Know
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.
- Families can talk about how Prof makes a difference in his students' lives. What are some other movies about exceptional teachers who go the extra mile for their kids?
- What is the movie's message about music and the arts? What do you think of Prof's statement that a principal who wants to cut the arts should be fired?