The story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons.
Jersey Boys is a musical biography of the Four Seasons-the rise, the tough times and personal clashes, and the ultimate triumph of a group of friends whose music became symbolic of a generation. Far from a mere tribute concert (though it does include numbers from the popular Four Seasons songbook), Jersey Boys gets to the heart of the relationships at the center of the group-with a special focus on frontman Frankie Valli, the small kid with the big falsetto. In addition to following the quartets coming of age as performers, the core of the show is how an allegiance to a code of honor learned in the streets of their native New Jersey got them through a multitude of challenges: gambling debts, Mafia threats and family disasters. Jersey Boys is a glimpse at the people behind a sound that has managed to endure for over four decades in the hearts of the public.
|nudity||4/10 Moderate sex references, including an implied reference to a threesome and a man being left in a bedroom with a woman. The couple are only seen to kiss on screen but they are later given a round of applause and the man jokes 'you're right, it was more fun with another person'.|
|violence||4/10 There are infrequent scenes of violence which are mostly mild in tone as a chair is broken in anger and men push and shove at each other during arguments. In one scene, a man appears to be shot in the head, with the impact hidden from view and a small amount of blood visible on his temple. However, this is immediately shown to have been faked in order to extort money.|
|profanity||7/10 28 uses of "fuck" and its derivatives. Moderate and mild language includes use of 'shit', 'bullshit', 'son of a bitch', 'prick', 'asshole', damn, screw', dumbass, hell, numbnuts, Christsakes, goddamn, Jesus, ass, pissing, crapping out, and balls. There is occasional use of discriminatory language, none of which are endorsed. There are references to 'monkey songs' and 'coloured bands' as well as comments that a man is a 'fruit', depicting the prejudices of the era.|
|alcohol||3/10 A man is seen smoking what appears to be marijuana and we learn that a character has died from an overdose of pills. There is a clear aversive, anti-drug message.|
|frightening||Although it is based on the Broadway musical, the film has a mature and somewhat dark tone. Some may find the death of Frankie's daughter upsetting.|