Parents' Guide to

America

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Highly charged docu has strongly conservative message.

Movie PG-13 2014 105 minutes
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age 11+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 12+

The servitude of biased reviews.

Whilst the quality of the film is not 'Hollywood', the purpose of the film is not focused on entertainment. To give it one star and then state misinformed or one sided brief quips while giving a very short, vague explanation is the product of a closed minded and somewhat irresponsible reviewer (most likely no in depth research was not done outside of google to form a viable opinion to qualify a reliable review). Whether you get your info stricly from pop media sources which are owned by many political donors with their own interests or you do your own research like so few actually do (including the lackluster partisan media) you will likely learn something or be challenged in a way that will either offend you or get you off your lazy butt to educate yourself in some way....maybe both. That aside, the word offense is often used for an excuse when one doesn't like to be challenged. So if you agree with the film, still do your own homework. If you don't agree you're more likely NOT to look into it at all, but like most who choose not to be intelligently challenged it will in the long run be a detriment to you as if you don't know the details of what you believe, rest assured, someone else does (and you've most likely been bombarded with it for a very long time with alot of money to push it). The film is not so much entertaining as it is a synopsis and a brief overview of a political viewpoint. The film falls short as you can't sum up such a big topic in one movie but it gives voice to a collective grass roots opinion of what has been transpiring and now seems to be coming to a head with the very publicized polarization of political and moral viewpoints in the brief life of our country and how the last few years have brought on certain consequences (some yet to come) of our inattentiveness and deviation from certain once mainstay values. My opinion is that reviewers should not touch documentaries if they are going to be shallow, lazy, short, or biased about it....or all of the above.
age 12+

Absolute tripe

It takes a lot of work to overlook the actual history of our country and push a paranoid agenda of hate. This movie has all the historical accuracy of Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter. We have diaries and excellent historical accounts from our founding fathers. This could be be titled 'What Rush Limbaugh told Glen Beck about America' This movie pushes a message of division and paranoia, and has no place calling itself a documentary.

Is It Any Good?

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For those who are inclined to agree with D'Souza and his colleagues, America will be an example of documentary filmmaking at its most enlightening. For those who disagree, it will seem a shoddy diatribe. In any case, it's an argument masquerading as a movie. While some of the performances in the reenactments are excellent (Don Taylor as Lincoln is particularly good) and some visuals of the country show its awesome beauty, the majority of the film is overly dramatic (for example, the relentless pounding of a blacksmith's forge is intercut with lovely landscapes), unnecessarily violent (bloody battle scenes with multiple deaths), and filled with hypotheses that are thin at best, inaccurate and purposefully provocative at worst. Mostly, it attempts to justify America's behavior by pointing out similar behavior by other countries.

Paranoia is the film's most unsettling element. Particularly disturbing is D'Souza's handling of some of the interviewees (for instance, a spokeswoman for the Sioux tribe and a professor of African-American studies), who seem like they might disagree with him if they fully understood his purpose. They bring a wide variety of opinions, perspectives, and motives to the microphone, but -- after the interviews -- D'Souza manages to refute the evidence of the experts who disagree with his premise. In fact, he uses their own words, earnestness, and trust to bolster his own claims in opposition. Finally, having previously taken on Obama in 2016: Obama's America, D'Souza here focuses on Hillary Clinton. "Reenactments" of her college days show her to be in the thrall of Saul Alinsky's radicalism and secretly working to undermine the American way of life as she moves forward. Bottom line? The worth of this film is definitely in the eye of the beholder.

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