Cadillac Records

Cadillac Records
Cadillac Records
  • R
  • 1h 49m
  • 2008
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Cadillac Records chronicles the rise of Leonard Chess' (Adrien Brody) Chess Records and its recording artists including Muddy Waters (Jeffrey Wright), Little Walter (Columbus Short), Chuck Berry (Mos Def), Willie Dixon (Cedric The Entertainer) and the great Etta James (Beyonce Knowles). In this tale of sex, violence, race and rock and roll in Chicago of the 1950s and 60s, the film follows the exciting but turbulent lives of some of America's greatest musical legends.
© 2008 Sony Music Entertainment. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: What Cadillac Records may lack in originality, it more than makes up for in strong performances and soul-stirring music.
Time Out
Stephen Garrett

June 22, 2017
Globe and Mail
Stephen Cole

Anyone who likes pop music or wonders how bands like the Rolling Stones got rolling will enjoy the...

March 2, 2019
Time Out
Trevor Johnston

In story terms, its cavalcade of melodrama and conflict isn't always persuasive, but writer-direct...

June 21, 2017
At the Movies
Ben Lyons

I think music fans will enjoy this.

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Terrific performances make mature musical biopic memorable.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this biopic about several blues musicians co-stars teen favorite Beyonce Knowles but is much grittier than her thematically similar Dreamgirls. Although Adrien Brody and Jeffrey Wright are the top-billed actors, Beyonce's role has been played up to attract younger audiences. Like most musician biopics, the drama portrays performers dealing with sex, drugs, violence, and fame. Strong language is frequent (primarily the "mother" of all swear words), and there are many scenes of musicians sleeping with eager groupies. Almost everyone has a drinking problem, and two characters are drug users -- one has a disturbing overdose scene. Consumerism is limited to the titular Cadillacs, which are a pivotal aspect of the story.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:December 5, 2008
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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