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Capturing the Friedmans

By Hollis Griffin, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Captivating and intense. Mature teens+.

Movie NR 2003 107 minutes
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age 14+

I love this docu. It's done very well and I get a feeling that the son is guilty during the movie. There are some surprises at the end too that are shocking. Over all this movie will stay with you for a long time. There is also a extra dvd you can order from netflix if you are interested after seeing the movie.

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Capturing the Friedmans is unrelenting in its honesty and, as a result, it has moments of being utterly painful to watch. The Friedman family's penchant for self-chronicling yields a layered, complex examination of how they dealt with a crippling crisis. David, the eldest Friedman son, refuses to believe that his father could harbor sexual feelings for young boys and Elaine candidly admits to suffering from an acute depression. Moments of extreme introspection like these make Capturing the Friedmans as fascinating as it is excruciating.

This documentary could raise many opportunities for families to discuss issues related to sexual abuse. Yet because so many of the interviews and scenes involving family discussions are emotionally intense and filled with frank descriptions of sex crimes, parents should be wary of letting kids watch it alone. That said, this is documentary filmmaking at its best -- but it's still best watched by those mature enough to handle the very serious subject matter.

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