Música parents guide

Música Parent Guide

Original and inventive, this musical brings to life the unusual mind of a man in a fantastical story.

Overall C+

Prime Video: A young Brazilian immigrant in New Jersey aspires to become a musician while navigating life, culture, and love.

Release date April 4, 2024

Violence B+
Sexual Content A
Profanity D
Substance Use C

Why is Música rated PG-13? The MPAA rated Música PG-13 for some strong language, suggestive references and brief violence.

Run Time: 91 minutes

Parent Movie Review

Rudy (Rudy Mancuso) hears music everywhere he goes, whether he wants to or not. No matter how hard he tries to focus, his brain can’t stop making rhythms out of everyday sounds. This is helpful when he’s making music, but not so great when he’s trying to pay attention in class or maintain a relationship. Fed up with his distractibility, his girlfriend of four years, Haley (Francesca Reale) breaks up with him, and Rudy finds himself unsure of his future. But when he meets Isabella (Camila Mendes), Rudy is inspired to find his own path - if he can keep his brain focused and his overbearing mother (Maria Mancuso) at bay.

I love a movie with creative vision. It feels like most big budget studio movies are designed by committees to be as safe as possible for mass audiences, which almost always stifles artistry. Say what you will about the effects of streaming services on the entertainment industry, having low to medium budget productions made for online platforms can give space for creatives to really explore what film can do, without the financial risks of a summer blockbuster. I think Música is a perfect example of this concept. It’s not a perfect movie, but it’s creative, whimsical, and pushes the boundaries of what the visual medium can accomplish to tell a story.

The best part of this production is the design and staging. Sections of the film are shot conventionally, but then scenes transform into pseudo-musical numbers, using techniques usually seen in theater to move between set pieces. Rudy’s musical brain controls the universe of the movie, and we can fully understand what it is he sees and hears all day. For those who dislike musicals, I will mention that the “musical numbers” are almost entirely instrumental, with a maximum of two lines of singing in a handful of the numbers. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a non-singing musical number, but they work!

There are some minor story issues to contend with, but the overall writing, acting, and production combine to create a fantastical world that manages to be a non-derivative coming-of-age romance. I wholeheartedly enjoyed this film, though I can’t recommend it for all audiences due to some content concerns, mainly a high volume of swearing and drinking. For viewers who aren’t fazed by the above concerns, I think Música is an outstanding addition to the genre, and a huge success for first time director Rudy Mancuso.

Directed by Rudy Mancuso. Starring Rudy Mancuso, Camila Mendes, Francesca Reale. Running time: 91 minutes. Theatrical release April 4, 2024. Updated

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Rating & Content Info

Why is Música rated PG-13? Música is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for some strong language, suggestive references and brief violence.

Violence: A man is accidentally shot in the shoulder; this is played as humorous. There are flashbacks to domestic abuse; little detail is shown.
Sexual Content: Adult couples kiss. There is some mild innuendo.
Profanity: The script contains two sexual expletives (one in Portuguese but shown in the subtitles), over 40 mild and moderate expletives, and five terms of deity.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Adults drink in many scenes. A character drinks to excess as a coping mechanism. There is a reference to getting high.

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Música Parents' Guide

How does Rudy see the world differently than others and how does that affect his relationships and choices? How do the people in his life either support or undermine him?

Rudy lives with synesthesia. For more information about this unique condition, you can read the following articles:

WebMD: What Is Synesthesia?

Cleveland Clinic: Synesthesia


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