Parents' Guide to

All the President's Men

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Superb Woodward and Bernstein Watergate story.

Movie PG 1976 139 minutes
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age 11+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 3+

amazing to take a nap

this is the best movie if you want to sleep through the entire thing. It is extremely boring and half the movie is pitch black. The only good line in the movie is " if you f--k up again I'm going to be really mad." otherwise this movie is a snooze fest.

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Too much violence
Too much sex
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age 12+

A great film about one of the most important events in our nation's history

All The President's Men is a film from 1976 is an amazing film, it tells the story of Bob Woodward, and Carl Bernstein who went through all the trials, and all the hard work, to bring the truth of what happened during Watergate. The acting from Redford and Hoffman is incredibly good, they both bring the two characters to life, and show us how hard they had to work to bring us the truth. Despite the PG rating, there is some heavy swearing, including the f word, and tons of smoking from Hoffman's character. The film was originally R rated for the strong language, but re-rated PG when they saw the historical significance. If you watch this film with your child, it would be good to watch as a family, so you can answer questions about the Watergate Conspiracy, and explain why the use of cuss words enhances the film's performance. I recommend the film for ages 12 and up, as the theme could be difficult to understand for anyone younger.

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Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Based on the real-life story of the two reporters who wouldn't give up on the story of the Watergate break-in, this movie is as gripping as any detective novel. Producer/star Redford was so intent on authenticity that he even flew actual garbage from the Washington Post wastepaper baskets out to the set. All the President's Men does a good job of showing how much of the work of the reporters was dull persistence, and it also does a good job of showing us what went in to the decisions of editor Ben Bradlee (Jason Robards, in an Oscar-winning performance) and publisher Katharine Graham about what they needed in terms of proof in order to be able to publish the story.

The movie showcases an interesting range of moral choices and calibrations. The famous "Deep Throat" (Hal Holbrook), still unidentified when the movie was filmed, is someone from the inside who won't allow himself to be identified or even quoted but is willing to confirm what the reporters are able to find elsewhere. Others involved in the scandal, both in the corruption itself and in its cover-up, must decide what to do and how much to disclose. One key development is the decision made by someone identified only as "the bookkeeper" (Jane Alexander) to talk to Bernstein. The participants must also deal with the consequences of their choices. Donald Segretti (Robert Walden) manages to evoke sympathy when what began as juvenile pranks leave him in disgrace. Woodward and Bernstein also make mistakes and must deal with the consequences.

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