Information for Parents
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 13+
Quirky David Byrne-helmed musical is aimed at adults.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that True Stories is a quirky musical written and directed by David Byrne, the front man for the band Talking Heads. Byrne encourages viewers to appreciate the oddball characters he highlights and shows how everyone is interconnected. Characters drink socially in some settings. The film is appropriate for all ages, though teens and adults will get the most out of it.
- Families can talk about the residents of Virgil, Texas. Do you think they are special? What makes them much the same as the rest of us, and what sets them apart?
- Find out more about David Byrne and The Talking Heads. What are their most famous songs? What else are they known for?
The good stuff
Positive messages: The people in True Stories may seem a bit too quirky to be real, but the film is celebrating the odd, the endearing, the honest, and showing how everyone is linked. Parts of the film subtly critique modern consumerism.
Positive role models: Narrator Byrne introduces viewers to several people who, while they may not seem like people worth emulating, have good hearts and want to do good, even if their habits make them seem a bit odd.
What to watch for
Violence: Not an issue
Sexy stuff: A single man seeks love, and when he finally meets the woman of his dreams, they engage in a warm, though somewhat chaste, kiss.
Language: Not an issue
Consumerism: Several well-known brands are mentioned by name, including Apple computers and Texas Instruments. It also name-checks some major media companies such as ABC and CBS, and the venerable news show 60 Minutes.
Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some scenes take place at bars, parties, and social events where people drink wine and other drinks.