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At Theaters: 8/1/2014 On Video:
Rated: PG-13 Length: 2 hr. 18 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 600380
Studio: Universal Pictures Inc.
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Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, the film will give a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century.
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Drama Musical - This biopic of the legendary R&B singer James Brown is a huge starring showcase for lead Chadwick Boseman. The more known stars, in particular the females such as Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, and Jill Scott, have fairly small parts. Drugs, brief violence, language, and adult subject matter make the film of caution to parents of young children even if some more unpleasant issues are somewhat soft-pedaled.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Chadwick Boseman 42
Nelsan Ellis THE BUTLER
Viola Davis ENDER'S GAME, PRISONERS, BEAUTIFUL CREATURES
Octavia Spencer FRUITVALE STATION, THE HELP
Jill Scott BAGGAGE CLAIM
Dir/Prod/Wri: Tate Taylor THE HELP
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Production Notes Heading
Production Information
About The Production
Say It Loud: Taylor and Brown's POV
Watch Me Work: Boseman Meets Brown
Try Me: Get on Up's Supporting Cast
I Got the Feelin': James Brown's Moves
Let the Boogie Do the Rest: Making the Music
Hot Pants: Costumes, Hair and Makeup
Funky Side of Town: Filming in Mississippi
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 2 F-words; 9 S-words; a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: Brief sex without nudity.
VIOLENCE: Fights and hits with minimal blood.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol, tobacco, marijuana.
ACTION: War combat and a car chase.
COMEDY: Some comic lines and situations.
DETAILED CONTENT
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Above Average Get on Up provides us with about an hour of James Brown-inspired performances, all of which Boseman infuses with passion and energy.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Average Despite my grievances, there is fun and enjoyment to be had here. Any excuse to hear a James Brown song is good enough for me, and I enjoyed seeing Craig Robinson's Maceo Parker amongst the band performers.

USA Today Full Review
Good His portrayal of Brown from his midteens to age 60 leaves a powerful, haunting impression of a complicated man. The musical numbers, with Brown's remixed vocals and Boseman re-creating his signature dance moves, are mesmerizing.

Entertainment Weekly Full Review
Above Average The best thing the movie has going for it is Chadwick Boseman's live-wire channeling of Brown. With his gravity-defying pompadour, raspy jive patter, and quicksilver shimmy-slide dance steps,...

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 65 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (F)
3
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
4
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
5
Fairly High
100%
30+Adults (M)
21
High
100%
30+Adults (F)
32
High
100%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
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Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 65 moviegoers:
TEENS:The three females all loved "Get On Up."
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: Two males loved it, one rated it "above average," which indicates a movie he enjoyed very much and one felt it was just an "average" movie (enjoyable but nothing special or memorable). Two of the five females loved "Get On Up." The remaining three enjoyed it very much, rating it "above average."
ADULTS: GREAT REVIEWS from both the males and females! Sixty-percent of the males and seventy-percent of the females loved "Get On Up." Another 30% of the males and the remaining 30% of the females indicated that they enjoyed this movie very much rating it "above average." Only 10% of the males rated it just an "average" movie.

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