Get On Up parents guide

Get On Up

James Brown gets on up in the music world.

Overall C

This dramatized biography follows the rise of James Brown (played by Chadwick Boseman) from impoverished childhood to musical stardom and the title, the "Godfather of Soul."

Release date August 1, 2014

Violence C
Sexual Content C-
Profanity D+
Substance Use D+

Why is Get On Up rated PG-13? The MPAA rated Get On Up PG-13 for sexual content, drug use, some strong language, and violent situations.

Run Time: 139 minutes

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Rating & Content Info

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Why is Get On Up rated PG-13? Get On Up is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for sexual content, drug use, some strong language, and violent situations.

Violence: Infrequent portrayals of domestic violence, some involving men verbally and physically abusing children and women. Young Black boys are blindfolded, provided with boxing gloves and placed in a ring where they fight each other for the entertainment of White onlookers. After one boy is punched we see him with blood on his face. A man with a rifle enters a building where a business meeting is being held, and asks who has used “his” toilet. He then shoots a hole in the ceiling. A man flees in a vehicle from police and shots are exchanged. A dead man is seen hanging from a tree. A man breaks into a vehicle and steals a jacket—he is later caught and sent to prison. A man hits his wife hard enough to knock her to the floor. A man threatens his wife with a gun and shoots to frighten her. During a concert White police officers are seen pushing Black audience members off the stage. A plane catches fire but eventually lands safely.

Sexual Content: A brief portrayal of sexual activity is shown, with no nudity and little detail. Sexual activity is also implied in other scenes. An obviously topless woman is shown with her arms are covering her breasts. A husband makes forceful sexual remarks toward a woman, telling his wife to remove her underwear. At first she looks fearful but then acquiesces and jumps into his arms.

Language: Approximately 16 instances of coarse language including one use of a sexual expletive in a non-sexual context, infrequent scatological slang, cursing, and vulgar expressions. Ethno-cultural slurs are heard in a historical context.

Alcohol / Drug Use: Tobacco use is frequently depicted in a historical context. Illegal drug use and alcohol abuse are also portrayed.

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Get On Up
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia PG Coarse Language, Violence, Sexually Suggestive Scene, Drug Use.
Alberta PG Coarse Language, Mature Subject Matter, Not Recommended For Young Children.
Manitoba 14A Not Recommended For Children, Language May Offend.
Ontario 14A Sexual Content, Substance Abuse.
Quebec G Not Recommended for Young Children.
Martimes PG
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Cast and Crew

Get On Up is directed by Tate Taylor and stars Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Viola Davis .

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Get On Up movie is January 6, 2015. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: Get On Up
Release Date: 6 January 2015
Get On Up releases to home video with the following supplements:
- Feature Commentary with Director/Producer Tate Taylor
- Deleted/Extended/Alternate Scenes
- Full Song Performances
- Long Journey to the Screen
- Chadwick Boseman: Meet Mr. James Brown
- The "Get On Up" Family
- On Stage with the Hardest Working Man
- The Founding Father of Funk
- Tate Taylor's Master Class

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The careers of other musicians can be seen in Ray (Ray Charles), Walk the Line (Johnny Cash) and Jersey Boys (The Four Seasons).

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