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2016: Obama's America Review

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    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Dinesh D'Souza's documentary is no mere screed: 2016: Obama's America is a nonsensically unsubstantiated act of character assassination.

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  • 30

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    The Hollywood Reporter Stephen Farber

    No one doubts that the country faces major challenges in the next four years, but there is one safe bet: The future is unlikely to be affected by this simplistic documentary.

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  • 50

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    The New York Times

    Mr. D'Souza stumbles when interviewing George Obama, the president's half-brother, an activist who voluntarily lives amid squalor in Nairobi, Kenya. "Obama has not done anything to help you," Mr. D'Souza says. "He's taking care of me; I'm part of the world," George Obama replies.

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  • 50

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    Time Richard Corliss

    "He came into the White House," D'Souza says in the movie, "on the basis of promise, of hope." The Left hoped he would realize their dreams; he hasn't, and most liberals will vote again for him less for what he's achieved than for what he's running against. But since Obama has done so little for, or to, the country, why is he alienized by D'Souza and demonized by the loopier critics to his right? Because it works.

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  • 70

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    Variety Joe Leydon

    While it's highly unlikely that anyone predisposed to championing Obama would be won over by the sound and fury here, there's no gainsaying the value of "2016" as a sort of Cliffs Notes precis of the conservative case against the re-election of our current U.S. president.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Anti-Obama documentary trades objectivity for persuasion.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the stated purpose of 2016: Obama's America is to help defeat President Obama's re-election efforts. It's a documentary, but -- like many other movies in the same genre in all shades of the political spectrum -- it has a clear political position and creates or finds audio and visual material to back up that premise. In this case, the filmmakers' conclusion is that Obama still struggles for identity in the face of having been abandoned by his father. To that end, the film posits that the president has been planning to use his second term to purposefully destroy the country. Your own political leanings will determine whether you find the movie persuasive or not, but other than a few brief newsreel clips showing war, rioting, and police brutality; some background smoking and social drinking; and a couple of exclamations such as "goddamn," there's nothing scary or provocative in the movie.

  • Families can talk about the various goals of filmmaking: to inform, to entertain, or to persuade. What is the primary purpose of 2016: Obama's America? How do you know? Why is it important to understand the filmmakers' purpose?
  • What are the differences between fact and speculation or opinion? What tools do we have to help us determine which is which?
  • Do you think documentaries are required to be objective? Why or why not?

The good stuff
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    Messages: For those who don't support President Obama, the movie's position on his personal life/background, politics, and agenda may be seen as positive; for those who do support him, the same content will likely be viewed quite negatively. Both groups can look at the movie as an example of how conflicting premises can be supported by interpreting pieces of information in different ways.

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    Role models: The movie doesn't depict President Obama as a role model, but its position may be interpreted in different ways depending on viewers' political leanings.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Brief newsreel clips include footage of riots, war, exploding cars, and police brutality.

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    Sex: Not applicable

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    Language: Infrequent use of "goddamn."

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    Consumerism: Not applicable

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Brief glimpses of cigarettes and some adult beverages in background of a few scenes.