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The High Note

The High Note
The High Note
The High Note
  • PG-13
  • 1h 52m
  • 2020
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Set in the dazzling world of the LA music scene comes the story of Grace Davis (Tracee Ellis Ross), a superstar whose talent, and ego, have reached unbelievable heights, and Maggie (Dakota Johnson), her overworked personal assistant. While stuck running errands, Maggie still aspires to her childhood dream of becoming a music producer. When Grace's manager (Ice Cube) presents her with a choice that could alter the course of her career, Maggie and Grace come up with a plan that could change their lives forever.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: The High Note doesn't quite soar above rom-com formula, but audiences seeking some comfort viewing should find themselves solidly in harmony with this well-acted genre entry.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Female-centric music dramedy strikes an entertaining chord.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The High Note is an appealing musical drama about the complex relationship between aging superstar singer Grace Davis (Tracee Ellis Ross) and her ambitious personal assistant, Maggie (Dakota Johnson). A romantic subplot includes implied sex, but no more than kissing/snuggling in underwear is shown. Characters drink in social situations, and one gets comically drunk (she calls someone else to drive her home). Strong language isn't particularly frequent but includes "s--t," "d--k," and more. Grace's high-end life is full of designer labels, including Dior, Louis Vuitton, and others. Maggie dreams of being a music producer -- a profession that still has shockingly few women -- and the film doesn't shy away from the challenges that women face in the music industry, including ageism and sexism (and, in Maggie's case, a really demanding boss). But there are also strong messages about perseverance, loyalty, and female empowerment. Overall, this is a great choice for families with teens.

A Lot or A Little?

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

  • Genre:Comedy, Drama
  • Release Date:May 8, 2020
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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