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Still shot from the movie: Standing in the Shadows of Motown.

Standing in the Shadows of Motown

Ever wonder what made that Motown sound so distinctive? This documentary looks at the The Funk Brothers, a group of session musicians who gave birth to many hit songs and artists' careers, but who somehow never managed to receive any of the fame or recognition they deserved. If you like to listen to Motown, or think you know anything about popular music, you owe it to these guys to hear their story. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: A
Violence: A-
Sexual Content: B
Language: B-
Drugs/Alcohol: B-
Run Time: 110
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MPAA Rating: PG
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How We Determine Our Grades

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.

Although The Funk Brothers had an opportunity to see their music become successful, they themselves received little recognition. How important is fame? Why is validation so important to our sense of self-worth?

How far has Motown’s influence been felt? (Consider the fields of music, racial discrimination, and politics.)

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