(2020) (Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Evan Peters) (Not Rated)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: A woman strives to make it in the music world and must contend with sexism and then the aftermath of her beyond her wildest dreams success.
It's 1966 and Helen Reddy (TILDA COBHAM-HERVEY) has flown from Australia to New York City where she believes she's going to have a record contract. But she's informed that there's little demand for female artists and thus is relegated to performing live in small dinner clubs.
Her luck seems to change when she meets fellow Aussie Lillian Roxon (DANIELLE MACDONALD), a music critic also living in NYC who's writing an encyclopedia on rock and roll artists. They became fast friends and at a birthday party that she's throwing for Helen, the young singer meets Jeff Wald (EVAN PETERS). He not only sweeps her off her feet, but later convinces her that they should move to Los Angeles to build her career from there.
After the move and their marriage, he's busy managing acts ranging from Tiny Tim to Deep Purple, but she's bored at home and wonders when her turn will come next. She eventually forces him to pester a record label exec until the latter gives in. That man does, Helen knocks her demo out of the park, and it's then off to the races and the top of the charts as she begins delivering one hit single after another.
But with success going to his head and cocaine clouding his mindset, Jeff's behavior begins to put a strain on their marriage, even while she continues to become one of the biggest recording artists in the world.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Older teens might have some interest if they're into the music scene, but it's highly unlikely most have ever heard of Helen Reddy.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: Not Rated
- The film isn't officially rated by the MPAA, but is the equivalent of an R due to profanity and drug use.
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