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Music (2021)

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The North of ableist movies.
Genre: Musical
Drama
Directed By: Sia
Produced By: Sia
Vincent Landay
Written By: Sia
Dallas Clayton
Starring: Kate Hudson
Leslie Odom Jr
Maddie Zielger
Brandon Soo Hoo
Photography: Color
Cinematography: Sebastian Wintero
Distributed By: HanWay Films (International)
Vertical Entertainment (United States)
Release Date: 12 February 2021
Runtime: 106 minutes
Country: United States
Budget: $16 million


Music is a 2021 American musical drama film directed by singer-songwriter Sia. The film was co-written by Sia and Dallas Clayton and stars Kate Hudson, Leslie Odom Jr, and Maddie Ziegler. Originally conceived in 2015 as a non-musical film, the film was subsequently re-conceived as a musical with a larger budget. The film was released on January 14, 2021 in Australia and February 12, 2021 in the United States. The film was panned by critics and bombed at the box office.

Plot

The film follows Zu Gamble (Kate Hudson), a former drug dealer who becomes the Guardian of her autistic younger sister Music (Maddie Ziegler). Zu soon meets Ebo Odom (Leslie Odom Jr), a boxer who teaches her how to care for Music. Throughout the film, musical dance sequences take place inside Music's mind, showing how she views the world.

Why It Sucks

  1. The film's depiction of autism is exaggerated to the point of being stereotypical, with Music's tantrums, love of routine, and fixation on certain things not being representative of the entire autistic population.
    • The casting of Maddie Ziegler in the role was controversial, as Ziegler is neurotypical and she was presumably cast in the role because she is a frequent collaborator of Sia. In fact, Ziegler was worried about making fun of autistic people during filming, to the point where she once broke down crying on set.
  2. The movie even depicted characters in blackface, another example of racism against people of color in this movie, with one example being Maddie Ziegler in the "Oh Body" dance number. Also, the hand movements in Oh Body are interpreted as motor tics of the fingers added to mock neurodivergents.
  3. The musical numbers that take place inside Music's mind, while impressive, are constantly out of nowhere and happen at inconvenient times.
  4. False Advertising: Despite the film's title, Music is mostly portrayed as a supporting character, as the film focuses more on Zu and Ebo.
  5. Acting that ranges from bland to annoying (except for Kate Hudson and Leslie Odom Jr.).
    • Maddie Ziegler gives an exceptionally poor performance as Music, especially with her overuse of the open-mouth.
  6. The story is disjointed and incredibly confusing, with clichés scattered throughout.
  7. Exceptionally horrible characterizations:
    • Ebo is depicted as a stereotypical "magical Negro" who helps Zu control her autistic daughter. Also, he mentions that he has AIDS, which goes off nowhere to only serve as a racist stereotype.
    • Music is just a generic bratty teen child whose characterization amounts to an amalgamation of various autistic stereotypes. Not helping matters is that she even lacks a personality of any kind and she never feels grief or sadness, as well as being self-sufficient enough to brush her teeth and dress without explanation, making her a Mary Sue. Ultimately, she is only there in the movie to further the plot and is objectified all the time.
    • Felix only serves as a token Asian character who does almost nothing to the plot that unwittingly gets killed by his father in a scuffle and gets sent to Heaven in a rickshaw in one of the musical sequences.
  8. The concept of a non-verbal autistic character is interesting, but it is horribly executed.
  9. Sia's cameo in the film is completely random and just a way to self-promote.
  10. The movies encourages the ableist concept of performing restraints on stressed or overwhelmed individuals with ASD.
    • In addition, the methods used to deal with autistic meltdowns within two scenes are inaccurate and dangerous. In the first restraint scene where Ebo teaches Zu how to restrain Music, he performs a supine restraint; picking up and pinning her down until she stops struggling whilst having the audacity to mention that he's "crushing her with his love" and in the other one, Zu performs a face-down prone restraint on Music, after remembering Ebo's teachings. In real life, such methods could potentially kill the person from asphyxia. Not helping matters is that it was released after the George Floyd incident, even if they didn't delay the film's release date, where he was placed in a chokehold until his death, calling for disuse of such methods that can asphyxiate the victim.
  11. Little to no story, as half of this movie, is basically music sequences that don't advance the plot. Unlike other musical films like Hamilton, which advance the plot with their rich storytelling songs, this film doesn't do that and if you take out the music sequences of the movie, it doesn't affect any of its stories, Not only that but it's also a ripoff of the 1988 film Rain Man (a good film that managed to done everything better about autism than this film)
    • It originally was not even supposed to be a musical, but it was made a musical midway into development.
  12. Sia was actually never good at directing experience. Before she directed this film, she claimed that she was "pretty good" at directing and "felt a little bit braver".
  13. The cinematography is completely terrible, relying heavily on high contrast and exposure.
  14. With how horribly this movie was received by critics and audiences, it pretty much sealed Sia’s fate as a bad director.
    • Sia even had the audacity to defend this movie and couldn't take any criticism from anyone on social media. What makes this worse is that she even accused a person with autism of being a "bad actor" on Twitter. Even after the movie's release, Sia was still snarky and condescending towards the disabled and neurodivergent community as a result of the bitter aftertaste left by the movie.
    • Not helping is that Sia forced Maddie Ziegler to play this role against her own will, meaning that Sia mentally and emotionally abused her and her wishes, which is considered grooming!
    • Sia also apologized for the scenes with Music in a prone restraint and promised to remove them and add a disclaimer about the dangers of restraints, but as of this writing, these scenes were never removed in any release and no disclaimer was added.
  15. It contains sensory overload, is too loud, and has an excessive amount of strobe effects, making it even more unwatchable for people with not just autism but also some other disabilities than it already is, on top of the overly bright exposure and contrast.
  16. The 1st poster with the eggs is creepy and it dosen't make sense.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The musical numbers, while random, are well-choreographed, and the soundtrack is great.
  2. Good acting from Kate Hudson and Leslie Odom Jr, as well as Brandon Soo Hoo in a supporting role as Tanner.
  3. Tanner is a likable enough character.
  4. The concept of a low-functioning autistic character in film is good, even if it was executed at it's worst here.

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Reception

The film received overwhelmingly negative reviews from both critics and audiences. Rotten Tomatoes, 9% of 45 reviews from critics for Music are positive, with an average rating of 3.7/10. The website's critics' consensus reads, "Offensive in its depiction of autism—and painfully misguided in essentially every respect—Music is a vanity project that begs to be turned down." Meanwhile, Meanwhile, Metacritic, which assigned the film a weighted average score of 23 out of 100 based on 18 critics, the film received "generally unfavorable reviews." Despite this, the film was nominated for two Golden Globes, both of which it lost. In fact, the show's presenters Tina Fey and Amy Poehler called the film an "international floparooni" and "Twitter is saying it's the most offensive casting since Kate Hudson was the Weight Watchers spokesperson" in response to Ziegler playing an autistic person.

Comments


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Acapal8893

one month ago
Score 4
We know this has been deleted before, but hopefully this page will be more acceptable.
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ChessPiece21

one month ago
Score 4
I think it's better this way because the reasons are less biased than the old one.
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Acapal8893

one month ago
Score 4
That's great. I couldn't help but a page about this film. I am autistic myself, and I have a serious vendetta against this film.
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The Dunkman

one month ago
Score 11
Who the fuck names their kid Music? That's like naming your child Song!
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Rath460

13 hours 13 minutes ago
Score 0
Tell that to people who named their children after video game characters or even Elon Musk's son X Æ-12.
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The Kill Counter

one month ago
Score 6
I was glad Nomadland won in the Golden Globes awards 2021 instead of this movie.
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ChessPiece21

one month ago
Score 4
Nomadland was good but overhyped in my opinion, I liked the story, the new Western style, and the ecocritical lens Chloe Zhao had but I didn't like the formatting. Minari should have won more awards, that movie was wonderful.
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MrAnonymous

one month ago
Score 8
Another fucking racist film
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Acapal8893

one month ago
Score 8
More like both an ableist film AND a racist film.
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YoungArtist79

one month ago
Score 8
As someone on the spectrum, this film is as appalling as Cuties. I think this deserves to be on the front page of this wiki.
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Acapal8893

one month ago
Score 3
I agree with that.
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UndertaleGamer1000

14 days ago
Score 1
Your wish has been granted.
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YoungArtist79

one month ago
Score 7
I think this may go down as among the worst movies of all time.
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ChessPiece21

one month ago
Score 4
I agree with you, this was really bad.
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FullInterTurn

one month ago
Score 5
Holy crap... I heard about this movie, and what happens in it, and oh my gosh... what the hell were they thinking? As an autist myself, I know it is garbage without even seeing it.
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Ivan97Miraheze

one month ago
Score 7
If Roger Ebert was still alive today, he probably would've tied this movie with North as the worst film he's ever seen.
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Stephenfisher2001

one month ago
Score 16
Roger Ebert would've say: "I despise this movie! Despise despise despise despise despise despise despise despise this movie! I despite it even more than North! Because you're trying to make fun of autistic people in this musical film by treating them like racist, abusive an even trash!".
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The Dunkman

23 days ago
Score 5
He would also give Cuties a -4 out of 4 stars.
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Trevor807

3 days ago
Score 0
Hopefully. If he gave that film a positive review, he would've lost the respect of millions.
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PhantomVulture

one month ago
Score 2
Man, and I thought that I Am Sam was poor representation of autistic people.
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D4nDyM$Games

one month ago
Score 2
My parents are DEFENDING the film, they had to portray African people in their school plays when they were younger...
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Acapal8893

one month ago
Score 3
I feel so sorry for you.
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Xian Pu

11 days ago
Score 2
I've actually seen a lot of people saying the controversy about Maddie Ziegler's casting was overblown and just SJWs making a bunch of fuss over nothing. I'm guessing these people don't realize that the character she's playing is written like the kind of autistic character you'd expect to see in a 1980s movies.
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Mythicool

29 days ago
Score 4

People with autism (like myself, while not severe) should speak up about this.

Give me your thoughts.
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CheziTacosprod.

28 days ago
Score 1
I too have high-functioning autism, and I am absolutely disgusted by this... thing.
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Marxo Grouch

28 days ago
Score 1
Another guy with high-functioning autism here. I knew this film would be scorned the moment the trailer dropped, and what I read about the movie online pretty much confirmed my predictions and feelings towards this sludge pile that Sia prided herself on.
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Trevor807

17 days ago
Score 2
I'm glad I never got around to seeing it. Just reading the page and TV Tropes article are enough for me.
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Marxo Grouch

14 days ago
Score 0
Already this movie has a spot on TV Tropes’ Horrible section for live-action movies.
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Eric Cartman 2001

25 days ago
Score 3
I love Sia's music a lot but I hate her Music so much.
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Eric Cartman 2001

25 days ago
Score 8
Poor Maddie. She doesn't deserve the backlash. 😕 Sia shouldn't have forced her to do this at all.
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Black sabbath

24 days ago
Score 2
put it on the front page
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Shish kabab

23 days ago
Score 5
horrible film, I like the poster with the eggs tho
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UndertaleGamer1000

17 days ago
Score 1
Me too.
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Mr. Tenno

16 days ago
Score 6
As somebody who has autism, the film looks like utter shit.
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Declan Kearns

10 days ago
Score 1
The film is complete crap my friend.
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LA2002

16 days ago
Score 6
The film that tarnished Sia's otherwise good reputation forever to the point of no return.
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Black sabbath

15 days ago
Score 6
go watch rain man
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ChessPiece21

15 days ago
Score 4
Wow, the first page I created to make the main page!
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LouBlu08

15 days ago
Score 4
Just reading the pointers, I know this movie is going to disgust autistic people like me.
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UndertaleGamer1000

11 days ago
Score 2
This film gets an 11% (Awful) from me. It is disgusting to autistic people, but it does have a good concept about a low-functioning autistic character, even if it was executed at the worst in this film.
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Shellbie May

9 days ago
Score 0
Yep!
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Declan Kearns

10 days ago
Score 3
The hypocrisy of SJWs continues. This movie portrays autistic people as brain dead morons and people say the stereotypes in Michael Bay films are bad.
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Xian Pu

2 days ago
Score 0
Not sure what one has to do with the other? And I'm pretty sure they've criticized both, even if in this movie's case it's been more over Maddie Ziegler's casting than the way her character was written.
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Shellbie May

8 days ago
Score 0
I did NOT just watch this movie. cause it's too offensive to autism people.
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Loglogas

8 days ago
Score 2
this film shuns autism and im autistic
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D4nDyM$Games

6 days ago
Score 1
Aight, I'm a head out, and off the cliffs like the weeknd at the end of the official video for party monster
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Megggggggggggg

4 days ago
Score 0
I diagnose this movie with bad
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Megggggggggggg

4 days ago
Score 0
sabby would too.
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Crowbar

3 days ago
Score 0
Does anyone have a theater recorded bootleg of this. I imagine it having the audience booing and leaving the theater.
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Creeper guy

3 days ago
Score 0

I have autistic like traits for crying out loud.😡

When I tried to like at Sia´s page, I found her picture, but her hair covers her face entirely. Why is that!
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Apple2003

3 days ago
Score 0
She mostly covered her face because she prefers to be anonymous and shuns fame
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Trevor807

2 days ago
Score 0
Someone chose that image.
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Apple2003

one day 4 hours 7 minutes ago
Score 0
To be honest, I like it better with Sia with her wigs covering her face than her actual self. No offense
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MatthewThePrep

one hour 52 minutes ago
Score 0
Guys, this film is getting nominated for 4 Razzie awards!

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