One Direction: This is Us Tuesday, 07 April 2020

One Direction: This is Us

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    PG: Mild coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    One direction? This is up.

  • Starring:

    Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Simon Cowell, Dr Stefan Koelsch, Mike Williams, Rob Stringer, Alexis Petridis, Sonny Takhar, Preston Mahon, Paul Higgins, Julian Bunetta, Martin Scorsese, Chris Rock, Cristiano Ronaldo, Richard Curtis

  • Directed by:

    Morgan Spurlock

  • Running time:

    92 minutes

  • Rated:

    PG (Australia), PG (UK), PG (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    Play-fighting. Friendly slapping, wrestling. Reckless driving. Objects smashed. Robbing a grandmother mentioned (comic). Blood/gore: Child dressed in Dracula costume with fake blood (photograph). Model of a human brain. Object removed from animal.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Shirtless males, male teens in underwear. Cleavage, exposed midriffs. Bum-slapping, bum-pinching, caressing (comic). Birds and the bees, kissing mentioned. Flirty banter. 

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Effects of naturally released dopamine discussed.

  • LANGUAGE:

    A-words, p*ss, cr*p. Friendly name-calling, mocking behaviour. Obscene finger gesture. Cultural, teenage, ethnic stereotypes. Religious references and exclamations.

  • THEMES:

    One Direction, 1D, boy bands, The X-Factor, fame, celebrity, live music, touring, Take Me Home Tour, fans, biography, success, merchandise, family, lovely mums, parental pride, mates, lads, memories, origins, old jobs, football, soccer, choreography, cover versions, live performance, recording, misbehaving, security, disguises, identity, camping, adoration, publicity, auditions, competition, fashion, styling, failure, nervousness, disappointment, hard work, homesickness, world domination, superfans, social media, neurology.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Church, wedding settings. Fishing, dead/dying fish. Horse, dog, balloons, fireworks. Commercial and private jets, helicopter. Lots of screaming teenagers. Snot-picking. Farts, bad smells, body odour discussed. Very fast editing, camera flashes and mild strobe-lighting effects. Theatrical pyrotechnics (flames, smoke, ticker-tape), campfires. Swirling sky-high aerial cinematography. Additional footage during end credits.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Innocuous, energetic, fun, charming, personal, well-paced, entertaining, slick, enjoyable, captivating, intimate, inoffensive, adequate. Stunning concert footage. Plenty of behind-the-scenes insight and poignant moments. Presents lads as genuine, polite, unpretentious, normal, talented, authentic, charming, good-humoured. Fans will love it.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Repetitive, sanitised, harmless, shallow, superficial, empty. Some scenes feel contrived, staged. Distracting 3D effects. Is more promotional than documentary. Avoids any controversial subjects. A little long for non-fans.

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