Becoming Chaz

Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

An unflinching, emotional look at the sex change process.

NR 2011 80 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 1 review

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age 14+

Straightforward, honest documentary chronicling a very public transformation.

I not only enjoyed this documentary, I learned a lot about the struggles, particularly the medical issues, that one must face daily while undertaking the long physical and emotional process to completely transition from female to male. I thought Chaz and his crew presented the information in a thoughtful, intelligent, and painfully honest fashion. I watched it with my (at the time) 14 y/o daughter and my 16 y/o son, both of whom learned a lot, and we talked for hours afterwards about their friends experience's and their perceptions of gender roles. I know kids mature at different rates, and within our family of 5 kids I feel like they would fully understand this documentary at various ages - one of our daughters would have been fine to watch it at 12, while one of our sons probably was still too immature at 18. Overall, I think at 14 most kids can process the concept of sex reassignment surgery and, more importantly, I think they can benefit in countless ways from the intelligent, honest, and in-depth way Chaz Bono opens his life and heart to the world. His willingness to allow us all to bare witness to his lifelong journey to be accepted, by himself and his friends and family, for who was born to be, and his perseverance and bravery to reach his goals is an inspiration for kids and adults. The lesson's he gives us in this documentary reach much further than tolerance and knowledge and it should be watched with your kids with an open mind AND an open heart.

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