Although parts are more cautionary than inspiring, story offers positive messages about importance of art and music, letting your voice be heard. Promotes idea that show business, particularly music industry, can be demanding, manipulative, forcing artists into easy-to-market types. Reveals how dangerous, disturbing alcohol/drug abuse is, why those with suicidal and addictive personalities need proper therapy, support, rehabilitation. Compassion is a clear theme.
A character punches people a couple of times. One scene in which an addict acts erratically/in a disturbing manner in public. Recollections of an abusive father. [Spoiler alert!] A character recalls a failed suicide attempt, later dies by suicide.
Frequent kissing. Several sex scenes of varying degrees of intimacy that include shots of bare backs, sides of breasts, etc. Characters are seen in the tub alone and together; there's a quick, nonsexual glimpse of a naked woman's body getting out of a bath. Partial glimpse of a man's buttock as he receives an injection. A drag queen reveals her fake breasts for Jackson to autograph.
Frequent (more than 100 uses) of strong language, including "f--k," "f---ing," "s--t," and, to a lesser degree, "a--hole," "ass," "t-ts," "t-tties," "bitch," "oh my God," etc.
Brands/products shown include Prius, iPhone, Yamaha piano, Interscope Records, Saturday Night Live, Dodge Ram, Ford, Grammys.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A main character abuses and alcohol, drugs. He drinks to excess, sometimes straight from bottle, also takes prescription and illegal drugs, snorting and injecting them. Other adults drink, too -- at bars, parties, behind the scenes at concerts, at home. A character is visibly stoned/drunk in several scenes, even becoming incontinent/incoherent at times. Part of the movie takes place in residential rehab. Characters smoke cigarettes and marijuana. Both main characters recall their fathers' drinking.