9.5/10
61
33 user

Do U Want It? (2017)

Down in the musical world of New Orleans, Papa Grows Funk is a beloved band and local institution, but trying to win national fame will force the group to decide what's really important, and may tear them apart.

Directors:

Josh Freund, Sam Radutzky (co-director)

Writer:

Sam Radutzky
Reviews
3 wins. See more awards »

Photos

Edit

Storyline

Down in the musical world of New Orleans, Papa Grows Funk is a beloved band and local institution, but trying to win national fame will force the group to decide what's really important, and may tear them apart.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Documentary | Music

Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Release Date:

18 October 2017 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Abis Productions See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Doing The Musician Justice
13 March 2019 | by rbaesemann-94496See all my reviews

'Do U Want It?' does much more than tell the story of Papa Grows Funk, a grassroots jam-funk band from New Orleans. The film portrays the group's music and journey with a vulnerability that leaves the viewer humbled to have witnessed such an act of endearment. Completed over the course of three years, following the group after a final run of shows following New Orleans Jazz Fest in 2013, the filmmakers have succeeded in crafting an ode to all things funky. Their respect for not only the group, but also the entire genre of funk and soul, oozes throughout the entirety of the film.

This isn't one of those music documentaries where people talk the whole time about the "glory days on tour," though there are certainly some epic tales to be told. A huge part of what makes 'Do U Want It?' thrive on the screen is how much space the music itself is given. In order to fully appreciate the story of the band, it's important to experience the power of their live performances, and the chemistry each member of the band so openly shares. The film recognizes and honors this reality. Having such an extensive archive of epic footage at their disposal was a huge boon, and this film makes spectacular use of it.

There are few documentaries that better showcase the lived reality of musicians. In fact, I can't think of a single other instance that better encapsulates the electricity of performance, the drama of commercialization, or the intimacy shared between band members. The narrative structure was a beautiful guide through the genealogy of the group, with quirky anecdotes, earnest interviews, and some frank truths about the struggles faced by mid-bill, touring bands. What is obviously a touchy subject (i.e. the financial realities of professional musicians in the face of corporate record labels and high-profile producers), is handled with poise and ends on the high note of levity.

It's all jazz in the end, making people move is what Papa Grows Funk does, and this documentary celebrates with wonder. Give it a peek. I just saw a showing in NY earlier tonight and was blown away.


4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 33 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed