Parents' Guide to

Balloon Man

By Sabrina McFarland, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Ex-NFL player scores as first Black balloonist master pilot.

Movie NR 2021 98 minutes
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age 6+

Based on 1 parent review

age 6+

The First Black Ballonist

Decision is that both my son and daughter get to gain this historical knowledge once I watch it as well. Previews and the fact within itself is why my rating is what it is.

Is It Any Good?

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Debut documentary filmmaker Chantal Potter offers a loving and engaging tribute to her dad Bill Costen. "From the year I was born, I was flying," says Potter, who traveled with the Costen balloon crew as a child. "I remember looking through a tiny peephole of a large wicker basket with the entire world beneath my feet." She reveals the roots of the Costen family in Omaha, Nebraska with a skillful blend of insightful interviews, flashback footage, and photos from the past. Costen fondly recalls moments of his life as a young boy and time spent at his grandmother's house and church. He also remembers going to an all-Black grade school where African American history wasn't taught. The memory created a new endeavor for Costen and a way of giving back to others. The balloonist tours with an exhibit of his African American memorabilia. Costen says that "it's amazing how many Black kids have no idea of their heritage." Because of films such as Balloon Man, kids may become more aware of their heritage.

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