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Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden? Review

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2.0

Dave White Profile

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    45

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    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 25

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    Morgan Spurlock is a living, breathing cautionary tale. Take a good, long look, kids: This is what happens when society validates really annoying people.

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  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    A primer no one needed, Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden? should have been called "The Post-9/11 World for Dummies."

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Although he makes an amusing comic foil, Spurlock is ill-equipped to either evaluate or report on Middle East foreign policy. His methodology is disturbingly casual and conclusions woefully simplistic.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Staff [Not Credited]

    Though entertaining, Spurlock's lighthearted approach doesn't work as well here.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Super Size Me guy heads to the Middle East.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that even though this documentary includes animation and director/star Morgan Spurlock's trademark humor, it's not aimed at younger children. It deals with difficult themes -- terrorism, morality, birth, and death -- in ways that are both entertaining and sophisticated. Violence is a theme throughout the movie, coming up in conversations about terrorist attacks, suicide bombers, and U.S. aggression. Actual violent images are infrequent; conservative men in Israel who resent the film crew's intrusion act aggressively, and there are shots of tanks and armed men in Gaza. There's brief imagery of Spurlock's wife giving birth in a tub; language includes a couple of "f--k"s and other profanity.

  • Families can talk about the movie's primary message -- that learning about other cultures and traditions leads to understanding and loss of fear. Do you agree? How does the movie use comedy to address serious ideas like violence, terrorism, poverty, and global politics? Is that approach successful?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Spurlock chastises world leaders (especially recent U.S. politicians) and holds forth on the world's peoples "getting along." His comedy is received generously, save for a scene in Israel, where men on the street yell and gesture aggressively to get him to leave. Some animated representations of "terrorists" show them in caricatured ways (bearded, scary).

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Frequent discussions of terrorism and recent terrorist acts (including attacks on the United States). When Spurlock takes self-defense training, he pretends to duck grenades and roll around to avoid gunfire; one fake scenario shows a man with his head "exploded" (red paint splatter on the wall). One scene shows conservative Israeli Jewish men behaving aggressively toward Spurlock and his cameraperson; other scenes show tanks and men with guns in Palestine and the Gaza Strip. Spurlock and his crew follow a police squad called to check a possible bomb; the object is exploded safely.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Some images of Alexandra (Spurlock's wife) pregnant and giving birth in a tub. Some nudity, but nothing racy/sexual.

  • language false3

    Language: Occasional language includes "f--k" (a couple of times), "bitch," "son of a bitch," and "s--t."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Starbucks (in Israel).

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some interviewees smoke cigarettes.

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