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Still shot from the movie: One Direction: This Is Us.

One Direction: This Is Us

The camera takes you front and backstage during the concert tour of the British pop band One Direction (composed of Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan). Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B+
Violence: A-
Sexual Content: B+
Language: B
Drugs/Alcohol: A
Run Time: 93
Theater Release: 30 Aug 2013
Video Release: 17 Dec 2013
MPAA Rating: PG
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

A tremendous amount of fan hype has been created through social media. How has Twitter, Facebook and other forms of social media changed the way fans interact with stars? How have users of social media become the real marketing force behind One Direction? Why do these performers worry about being able to live up to all the hysteria when they actually go on tour? Can your mental image of someone be damaged when you actually meet that person?

How are the boys’ parents portrayed in this film? Do you think their families and their backgrounds help keep them grounded? What impact can fame have on a person? What do their handlers, tour guide and other adults on the tour do to keep these singers in check?

How do this band’s song lyrics appeal to the insecurities, aspirations and desires of their mostly female teen followers? Why does one of the singers fear that he won’t find someone that likes him for himself rather than his fame? How can star status affect how people see and react to a person?

What challenges would come with this kind of a lifestyle, including a demanding schedule and a lack of privacy? What are the perks of being on tour? Would you be willing to pay that price to be a celebrity?

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