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Overall B+

An unlikely friendship develops between Steve Lopez (Robert Downey Jr.), a Los Angeles reporter, and an exceptionally talented but homeless man named Nathaniel Ayers (Jamie Foxx). Hoping to help the amazing musician (as well as his own career), the journalist writes a series of articles about the former Juilliard student. But the media attention has mixed results for both of them. The movie is based on a true story.

Violence B-
Sexual Content A-
Profanity D+
Substance Use D+

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements, some drug use and language.

Talk to your kids about…

The Soloist

What does Steve do to help Nathaniel? Why are some of his overtures rejected? Why is it important to offer people the help they want instead of the help we think they need?

Despite the negative portrayal of religious assistance in this film, what positive contributions are church groups making in our country and around the world to easesocial problems?

Nathaniel’s musical talents promised to be an escape for him to get away from the poverty he lived in. While his life may have turned out differently than his family foresaw, how does his music continue to bless him and others?