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MARY J. BLIGE’S MY LIFE

"25 Years in the Making"

What You Need To Know:

MARY J. BLIGE’S MY LIFE is a raw in-your face look into singer Mary J. Blige’s road to fame. Streaming on Amazon Prime, discusses the struggles Mary and her mother and sister had after her father died. It also touches on the hardships of life in New York City. The movie also discusses the physical abuse her mother suffered and Mary’s personal fight to survive. Finally, it celebrates her groundbreaking second album, titled MY LIFE. The movie brings into perspective the hardships that fame at a young age can have on a young musical artist, and the displacement that Mary felt throughout the years.

MARY J. BLIGE’S MY LIFE is a well-made documentary that flows as a story. Live action and stop motion animation are thoughtfully blended. The animation helps illustrate the movie’s themes and purpose. MARY J. BLIGE’S MY LIFE has a solid Christian, moralistic worldview that celebrates perseverance, empathy, compassion, overcoming personal trauma, and praying in Jesus’ name. However, homosexuality is mentioned and shown in a positive light, and the movie has more than 15 obscenities. MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.

Content:

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Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Solid Christian, moral worldview shows a group of people praying in Jesus name and celebrates perseverance, empathy, compassion and overcoming personal trauma, but there’s a Romantic emphasis on personal emotions and homosexuality is mentioned and shown in a positive light

Foul Language:
18 obscenities (including about six “f” words) and no profanities

Violence:
No depicted violence but there are mentions of physical and domestic abuse

Sex:
No depicted sex, but there is a mention of a young child’s molestation, and homosexuality is viewed in a positive light

Nudity:
Light upper male nudity, and man is wears an open shirt that displays his chest

Alcohol Use:
Light alcohol use with a mention of alcohol abuse

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking but cocaine abuse is mentioned; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
Dysfunctional family, mentions/depiction of racism, and disunity in romantic relationships.

More Detail:

MARY J. BLIGE’S MY LIFE is a raw, in-your face look into singer Mary J. Blige’s road to fame, which talks about how she and her mother and sister survived after her father died, the physical abuse her mother suffered, her own personal fight to survive, and a celebration of her groundbreaking second album, titled MY LIFE. MARY J. BLIGE’S MY LIFE is a well-made documentary with a light Christian, moral worldview, but homosexuality is mentioned and shown in a positive light, and the movie has more than 15 obscenities.

The documentary opens by mentioning how Mary’s love for music started as she watched her mother sing and dance in front of the TV. Mary started using music as an escape from the difficulties she faced every day. The hardships of life without a father as well as the personal struggles that life in New York brought are highlighted as Mary speaks about her lack of self-worth. Perspective is brought to the hardships that fame at a young age can have on a young musical artist, along with the displacement that Mary felt through the years.

MARY J. BLIGE’S MY LIFE is a well-made movie that flows from point-to-point. The movie thoughtfully blends live action and stop motion animation to illustrate the movie’s themes and purpose. MARY J. BLIGE’S MY LIFE has a light Christian, moralistic worldview celebrating perseverance, empathy, compassion and overcoming personal trauma. However, homosexuality is mentioned and shown in a positive light, and the movie has more than 15 obscenities. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.