(2021) (Andra Day, Trevante Rhodes) (Not Rated)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: A look at the life and times of legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday and her battles with personal demons as well as the U.S. government.
With the story framed by an interview after the fact, we see Billie Holiday (ANDRA DAY) after she's already a legendary jazz singer, friends with actress Tallulah Bankhead (NATASHA LYONNE), and married to James Monroe (ERIK LaRAY HARVEY). With an entourage consisting of the likes of Miss Freddy (MISS LAWRENCE) and Roslyn (Da'VINE JOY RANDOLPH) among others, a manager in Joe Glaser (DUSAN DUKIC), and a steady supply of heroin from Joe Guy (MELVIN GREGG), Billie has drawn the interest of two men.
One is Army veteran Jimmy Fletcher (TREVANTE RHODES) who at first seems like a star-struck fan but quickly maneuvers his way into her life. The other is Federal Bureau of Narcotics head Harry J. Anslinger (GARRETT HEDLUND) who's certain black people and jazz music will be the downfall of American society. Accordingly, he sets out to destroy her, focusing on her drug habit. As the years pass, Billie must contend with them as well as abusive relationships with men such as Louis McKay (ROB MORGAN) and John Levy (TONE BELL).
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- If they're fans of the real-life singer and/or anyone in the cast, they might have some interest.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: Not Rated
- Not rated, but the equivalent of an R for strong sexual content, nudity, profanity, and drug use.
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