Family Movie Review: 20 Feet from Stardom (PG-13)

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MPAA Rating: PG-13       Length: 90 minutes

Age Appropriate for: 13+. There is some cursing and some sexually themed songs, but otherwise this is a fairly straightforward documentary without anything really questionable. Its suggestions about racism and sexism in the music industry are certainly interesting, though, and may spark some good discussions with teenagers who are interested in the entertainment industry about the hardships and realities of that kind of lifestyle.

Who is the person standing behind your favorite singer? Documentary '20 Feet from Stardom' looks at the men and women providing backup vocals for some of the most well-known modern American pop songs, and it's a hard life they lead—and worthy attention they deserve.

By Roxana Hadadi

Chances are that you've performed with singers like the Waters Family, Merry Clayton, Darlene Love, Tata Vega, and Cindy Mizelle. Sure, maybe you were singing together in your car or the shower, but although these names aren't known to you, you should recognize their voices—you've heard them on songs like the Rolling Stones' "Gimme Shelter," or Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama," or even that Halloween staple "Monster Mash." But the very fact that you don't know their names is the problem tackled by documentary "20 Feet from Stardom," which looks at the people standing behind your favorite performers on stage.

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