Story

One Direction: This is Us is the story of five boys – Niall, Liam, Zayn, Harry and Louis – who all auditioned for The X Factor TV show, but failed to win. Simon Cowell, the producer of the show, decided to put them together to form a band called One Direction. They became an overnight sensation and gained international recognition in unprecedented time.

This movie follows One Direction on a world tour of European, American and Japanese cities, where fans throng to see them everywhere they go. In scenes like those seen during the Beatles tours in the 1960s, thousands of hysterical teenage girls fill auditoriums where One Direction is playing. The group members themselves are likeable boys having the time of their lives.

Themes

Celebrity

Violence

There is some practical joking among the boys, but none of it is malicious.

Content that may disturb children

Under 5

There is nothing in this movie likely to disturb children under five years, but the movie will probably lack interest for children in this age group.

From 5-8

Nothing of concern 

From 8-13

Nothing of concern 

Over 13

Nothing of concern 

Sexual references

There are some sexual references in One Direction: This is Us, including when Harry talks about his first kiss with a girl. The kiss got ‘pretty steamy’. 

Alcohol, drugs and other substances

None of concern 

Nudity and sexual activity

One Direction: This is Us shows some partial nudity. For example, the boys are often shown shirtless as they get dressed in dressing rooms. In one scene, they appear in boxer shorts. 

Product placement

The following products are displayed or used in One Direction: This is Us: One Direction themselves, Nike and Toys R Us. 

Coarse language

One Direction: This is Us has some coarse language that younger children might copy. 

Ideas to discuss with your children

One Direction: This is Us is a music documentary showing how five boys from humble backgrounds have reached the highest point of stardom without seeming to be affected.

The movie features plenty of music and performances, which will certainly appeal to One Direction fans. But it’s likely to lack interest for children under five years, and there is some coarse language that young children might copy.

The main messages from this movie are to be grateful for success and to acknowledge and share that success with others.

Values in this movie that you could reinforce with your children include friendship and generosity.