Parents' Guide to

Chasing Coral

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Awe-inspiring, poignant docu tracks decline of coral reefs.

Movie NR 2017 93 minutes
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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

Strong language for PG rating

This is a great documentary about coral bleaching and climate change. The film makers do a great job of explaining the processes that are happening through data and graphics. However, there is some strong language that parents should be aware of. Words like "hell" and "dammit" are used several times throughout the film and the F word is mouthed silently on screen one time. There is also a brief smoking reference that occurs underwater in one scene.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

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Extraordinary photography, a suspenseful story, a wake-up call to save a crucial creature in our earth's complex ecosystem, and an abundance of intriguing characters ... this documentary has it all. Chasing Coral is a tribute to everyone involved. Even climate change skeptics will find it impossible to ignore the photographic evidence of the phenomenon of dying coral reefs. Measured temperatures prove the oceans are warming. Only the cause of such warming may be debatable by some. Whatever the cause, the outcome is disturbing. And yet, beneath the tears -- even shed by some of the folks on-screen -- the team has found a way to evoke optimism and pass that along to the audience. They're hoping to reach, first and foremost, young people, even kids. That's why one of the principal "actors" in the film has taken his act to schools across the United States. If movies can ever be said to have a "higher purpose," this movie is one of them.

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