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By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Mature sexual misconduct drama brings headlines to life.

Movie R 2019 108 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 15+

An Incredible Film That Deserves Much Praise

What a fantastic ensemble! All the major players deserve Supporting Actor\Actress Nominations and at least of them should tie for the win. I liked the mixture of real-time video with the dramatization, and only wished there were percentages more within. If you are not familiar with Meg Kelly, and listened and\or saw her on television at a glance, you will almost believe that Charlize Theron is Megyn Kelly. Kate McKinnon deserves a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star for her performance. I have waited 2 years for this film and Bombshell did not disappoint.
age 18+
This is not a kids movie. I wouldn’t even take my teen daughter too it!!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (12 ):

Decades are often required to assess history, but filmmaker Jay Roach shortens the gap with this alarmingly accurate film about how women began to topple the gender power dynamic in 2016. Bombshell serves to remind viewers that the revolution started in the most inauspicious of locations: the conservative hallways of Fox News. Be prepared for a shift in perspective -- it really doesn't matter if you do or don't like Gretchen Carlson or Megyn Kelly's politics; you'll connect with the difficult position they're in and respect them for the decisions they ultimately made. Carlson may have been a bit naive when she filed her lawsuit, but the film helps you understand that her bold decision to fight back against the sexist treatment she received was both heroic and sacrificial (some cynics may think that getting a hefty payout is worth a "muzzle," but anyone in the entertainment or critical journalism space will tell you that staying quiet feels like an exercise in having your hairs pulled out, one by one).

Theron is such a dead ringer for Kelly -- voice, walk, mannerisms -- that it's almost unnerving. The similarity helps you get lost in the authenticity of the story, especially when it's meticulously intercut with real footage and real stories of what actually went down. Some people may think it's too soon to make a movie about these events, and perhaps that's right, since even the film acknowledges that we still don't know how it will all play out. But the creation of a living document to show our sons and daughters real examples of sexism, degradation, and harassment in the workplace -- from bold assault to microaggressions -- is invaluable.

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