Beyond the Lights
A talented young musician on the brink of super stardom struggles with the pressure of her new-found success.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw does a terrific job in playing the talented Noni, a singing sensation that happens to have a mother named Macy (Minnie Driver) that is the driving force for Noni to become successful. However, sexually suggestive dancing, skimpy clothing, and singing doesn’t bring Noni fulfillment and she attempts suicide but is prevented from making it happen. Noni is at the point she doesn’t care about anything any more.
Nate Parker plays Kaz, a cop that comes to her rescue and tells her, “I see you.” Later, Noni is determined to find this cop because she has to know, “What did he see?” He wants her to sing for herself and leave the sleazy side of the industry alone, and to stand up to her mother, as Macy is controlling. How will it all end? Well, regrettably, we would not encourage families to see this film as it contains strong language and sexual content. Parents would definitely be uncomfortable with their teens and kids seeing this film. Despite the obvious talents of Noni, we unfortunately cannot award this movie our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.