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David Byrne's American Utopia

David Byrne's American Utopia
David Byrne's American Utopia
David Byrne's American Utopia
  • NR
  • 1h 45m
  • 2020
Certified Fresh98%
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David Byrne's American Utopia brings the Talking Heads front man's critically acclaimed Broadway show to a one-of-a-kind film directed by Oscar® and Emmy®-winner Spike Lee. Recorded during its late 2019 to early 2020 run at Broadway's Hudson Theatre in New York City, Byrne is joined by an ensemble of 11 musicians, singers, and dancers from around the globe, inviting audiences into a joyous dream world where human connection, self-evolution, and social justice are paramount. The special includes performances of songs from Byrne's 2018 solo album of the same name, in addition to popular Talking Heads favorites such as "Once in a Lifetime" and "Burning Down the House." The musical numbers accompanied with brief monologues allows Byrne to address various sociopolitical topics from police brutality, immigration, climate change to the 2020 presidential election.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh98%
Critics Consensus: Helmed in elegant and exhilarating style by Spike Lee, David Byrne's American Utopia is a concert film that doubles as a joyously cathartic celebration.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Brilliant, uplifting performance is optimistic about America

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that David Byrne's American Utopia is a concert film of the Broadway show of the same name. American Utopia is not a traditional musical, because it has no plot, but a theatrical concert featuring songs from throughout Byrne's career as a solo artist and with his former band, Talking Heads. The music is new wave pop with elements of South American and African music woven in. Byrne is accompanied by an international 10-person band who perform live music and choreography with him on stage. The movie is directed by Spike Lee, who mixes theatrical elements from the performance -- like the live audience, headset microphones, and set changes -- with more traditional film elements like close-ups and a wandering camera. Though it features material from the past 40+ years, American Utopia addresses the present moment in the country's history by talking about immigration, voter turnout, and victims of police violence.

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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Documentary
  • Release Date:November 26, 2020
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
  • Audio Format:
  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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