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Beanie Mania

By Stephanie Morgan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Engaging tale of consumerism with limited consequences.

Movie PG 2021 80 minutes
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Despite the narrow perspective of many of its subjects, this documentary still tells a fascinating tale of how a small group of collectors ended up causing a national frenzy during the height of American consumerism. The women at the center of Beanie Mania are clearly insulated in their bubble of privilege. One reports that she started collecting because "it was a quiet time in the world where people were happy" (the L.A. riots happened the year before). Nevertheless, once the group sparks the Beanie Baby craze, they each show ingenuity in capitalizing on it in a variety of ways. The film is a great introduction to market economics and entrepreneurship, while also touching on the dark side of rampant greed and consumerism. Parents who watch it with their tweens and teens will find a lot of life lessons to discuss. Just be aware that some people are treated unfairly (especially those of color) and those who act immorally or irresponsibly don't always face consequences for their actions.

Movie Details

  • On DVD or streaming: December 23, 2021
  • Director: Yemisi Brookes
  • Studio: HBO Max
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Run time: 80 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG
  • Last updated: February 28, 2022

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