2016: Obama's America

Movie review by Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Anti-Obama documentary trades objectivity for persuasion.

PG 2012 85 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 1 review

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age 17+


This "professional" review shows the obvious political bias of the "impartial" reviewer. This site is about whether movies are appropriate for kids. That said, this movie is a fantastic look at political philosophies and analysis of where Obama is coming from. Obviously over the heads of little kids, but anyone over the age of 13 or so could find it fascinating. Are there any adults at Common Sense that might read this reviewers review and see that it goes beyond the mission of your company and injects a political point of view that obscures an objective read on appropriateness of the movie for kids? Unfortunately, probably not. This site just lost a lot of credibility.
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age 10+

pro reviewer should be politically impartial

I just got home from a matinee of 2016. My ten year old son was sitting next to me throughout and I'm glad he was. I am stunned that the professional reviewer of this site, Ms Schonfeld, gave this work one star. The only possible explanation for this is personal politics. It is not surprising that this would be her persuasion after a career in the entertainment industry and retirement to the Seattle area. I have family members who fit the exact profile and are similarly afflicted. What I would like to see from this site is reviewers who can put their politics aside and tell me what objectionable content that I should protect my children from. Here is what you need to know. If you are a Seattle liberal, you will not like this film. However, the film is well executed, well sourced, historically informative, culturally insightful and effective at communicating its thesis. The content concerns are very slight. But you may have some things to explain to your kids afterward. Reverend Wright is on camera saying "G* D* America" once. It also shows up in text on a graphic next to his photo. Obama's father's drinking is mentioned in passing a couple of times. Also, Obama's father's multiple simultaneous marriages are observed. The violence in the film is limited to some riot scenes taken from news clips where the worst I could make out was a burning American flag. My rating of four stars is for quality of execution and educational value for my children. Political, cultural, historic, and current contexts are presented that will help your child better understand where we are in American and where we and the world have been, politically and culturally. I flagged the positive role model icon because the author/director, Dinesh D'Souza is exactly the kind of self made person I would like my children to aspire to become. He has risen by his own industry and merits, eschewing the easy rewards and status of American victim-hood.

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