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One Direction: This is Us


Weaved with stunning live concert footage, ONE DIRECTION: THIS IS US tells the remarkable story of Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry and Louis' meteoric rise to fame.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 8
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Educational value
1 out of 5
2 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
2 out of 5
Violence & scariness
0 out of 5

Like 1D, concert docu is clean cut, with tiny bit of edge.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that One Direction: This Is Us follows the international concert tour of Britain's most popular boy band since the Beatles. The documentary, directed by Academy Award nominee Morgan Spurlock, chronicles how Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry, and Louis went from being a bunch of humble British/Irish boys who could sing to becoming a near-overnight sensation -- first in the United Kingdom and then the world. There's some mild language (including a couple of uses of "ass"), several glimpses of the One Direction guys shirtless (including camera shots of their tattoos), and some romantic song lyrics. Fans -- particularly tween/teen girls -- will want to see this on the big screen.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about One Direction's meteoric rise. Do you think concert documentaries should be reserved for artists with years in the business, or does it make sense to capitalize on popularity right away?
  • Why is One Direction's music so appealing to even very young kids (especially girls)? How do they compare to other acts with tween appeal -- like the Jonas Brothers, Taylor Swift, and Katy Perry?
  • Do you think the documentary offers a balanced look at the band members' personal lives and their professional lives? What were you surprised they included? What about 1D do you wish you had learned more about?

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Audience Reviews

5 stars

I'm a 13 year old girl, and a directioner. These boys have changed my life to where i don't even know how to begin to explain it. i love them with everything I have and I will never be able to thank them fully. there is no way i can. <3 Thanks to simon Cowell, those 5 boys, have changed millions of girls' lives and they continue to save their lives <3 they mean everything and more to me and others ,3 I LOVE YOU NIALL JAMES, HARRY EDWARD, ZAYN JAVADD,LOUIS WILLIAM, AND LIAM JAMES <3You'll always be my babies no matter how big you get <3 i love you!!! <33 thank you

- brooklynn11mccrary, Saturday, January 18, 2014