Get On Up

Theatrical Release: August 1, 2014
Get On Up


Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, the film will give a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods of Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. Boseman is joined in the drama by Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Tika Sumpter, Jill Scott and Dan Aykroyd.

Dove Review

“Get On Up” is a biography of James Brown. It reveals insights into both his childhood and teen life that led to the musical legend he ultimately became. His abusive father is seen in addition to his mother who seemed to love him at first, but later acted as if she didn’t know him when he spotted her at an outdoor party. His hot temper, determination to make it on his own, and his singing and dancing talent are all highlighted in the movie. Chadwick Boseman seems to channel the late Mr. Brown at times, giving a riveting and memorable performance. Various time periods are portrayed in the film, including the restless period of the 60’s with the Civil Rights movement and riots.

Despite some good moments, the movie contains strong content in four out of six categories, and therefore we are unable to award the film our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.

Content Description

Sex: suggestive gyrations in some dances; sex between unmarried couple resulting in pregnancy; a teen couple is seen having sex in her bedroom although no private body parts are seen; passionate kissing; man fights with woman and tells her to get her panties off then they start kissing; a brothel scene or two; women grab at performer from the stage.
Language: J-1; G/OMG-3; Good God-1; Lord-1;Sc*ew it-1; Sc*ew you-1; H-10; F-you-2; SOB-1; D-5; S-9; A-6; Jacka**-1; Sucker-1; Nig*ers-4 (a couple said by blacks about other blacks).
Violence: Man shoots gun in front of people in a business; man breaks car window to steal; man flees from police and runs through a blockade and his truck is shot at; man hits woman hard and she falls down; man slaps boy; fist fight; plane under attack during war; a scene of a dead man hanging by the neck from a rope; man holds gun on wife and shoots near her head.
Drugs: Smoking cigarettes in many scenes; drugs being rolled in one scene; drinking in many scenes including beer and champagne; a comment that is repeated about pretty girls and whiskey.
Nudity: Strong cleavage in a couple of scenes; shirtless boys and men; woman sitting on toilet but nothing graphic is shown.
Other: death and grief; tension between characters and arguments.


Company: Universal Pictures
Writer: Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth
Director: Tate Taylor
Producer: Brian Grazer
Genre: Drama
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter