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Roger & Me Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Moore's first documentary is best for teens and up.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this documentary addresses the economic downfall of Flint, Michigan, after General Motors laid off 30,000 employees. Bad language and violence are limited, the movie does include footage of crimes and of numerous families being evicted from their homes. People frankly express their economic desperation.

  • Families can talk about documentaries. Should documentaries simply tell a story, or is it OK for them to have a slant, like this one does? Is Moore fair to GM CEO Roger Smith? Should he have to be to call his film a documentary? This could lead to a wider discussion about the news and the role of journalists.

The good stuff
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    Messages: This is a documentary with an obvious anti-corporate slant.

What to watch for
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    Violence: News footage of crimes in Flint includes a shooting. A woman kills and cleans a rabbit.

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    Sex: A handful of sexual jokes are made by the host of "The Newlywed Game."

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    Language: Not an issue

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    Consumerism: General Motors is discussed extensively, as is AmWay. The discussion is, of course, primarily critical.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue