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By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Enlightening journey with Michelle Obama on her book tour.

Movie PG 2020 89 minutes
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age 6+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 9+

Wonderful, Inspirational glimpse

into the personal history of Michelle Obama and what it took to be the first African American First Lady. Obama is smart, funny and engaging.
age 5+

Integrity and courage

We all need to be reminded of the tradition of public service, which implies sacrificing one’s time, intelligence, energy, and these days privacy in service to our community and to society. Looking at Michelle Obama’s success, it’s easy to forget the abuse she and generations of her family have suffered. The determination and focus she brings to each goal are an inspiration in times where hope seems thin.

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According to this entertaining, inspirational documentary, Michelle Obama is as wise, funny, compassionate, and honest as she appeared during her eight years as committed partner to the president. Nadia Hallgren's documentary emphasizes Obama's fearlessness, her clear-eyed take on contemporary issues, and her awareness of what her success means for others. Viewers who may expect political jibes or negative assessments of the opposition will be disappointed. "When they go low, we go high" is a phrase she's famous for. She strongly follows that advice in Becoming.

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