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Bob Roberts Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

A political horror story for teens and adults.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Bob Roberts fakes an assassination attempt, manipulates the media, and cultivates a gang of the disaffected who eventually kill a journalist. Bob also sings about stringing drug users up by the highest tree, preaches self-interest, and fosters anti-immigrant, anti-feminist, and anti-minority sentiment among his devoted followers ... all in the name of satire, of course.

  • Families can talk about how they consume both political media and how they react to political candidates. Where do they get their news? Do they trust it? Do they look for alternative forms of media? What kind of political candidate are they attracted to? Do they notice when their fears are stirred by politicians? Are they savvy citizens as well as savvy media consumers? Do you think you could become enthralled with a politician?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Bob deceives the public to win the election; others kill a man because they suspect he shot Bob.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Bob Roberts is shot; another character is killed off-screen.

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    Sex: Not an issue

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    Language: Not an issue

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some drinking during the victory celebration; one woman appears to get in her car drunk.