A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The film deals with race, political strife, sexism, and sexual harassment; the concepts of justice and fairness are also addressed.
Positive Role Models
Hill is courageous in coming forward; meanwhile, politicians do what they have to do to win.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of arguing, occasional yelling.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
References to sex acts, genitals, porn, and so on.
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"Hell," "pissed," "goddamn," "s--t," "f--k."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the TV movie Confirmation, which tells the story of the 1991 Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill hearings, deals with mature themes, including sexual harassment, racial discrimination, and behind-the-scenes politics. It contains explicit references to genitalia, crude sexual conversations, and so on, but these comments are offered in context. Cursing is also frequent. Families with teens can definitely have a conversation about this landmark case, its history, and whether the world has changed for women since then. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This intense movie highlights the politically motivated chaos surrounding one of the most sharply contested appointments to the U.S. Supreme Court in American history. It also discusses the racial discussions of the time while focusing on underscoring the injustices endured by Anita Hill during that period. It credits her willingness to go public for pushing the issue of sexual harassment at the workplace, and the treatment of women who come forward to complain about it, into the national political spotlight. Finally, it points to the national backlash that ensued, which led to a substantial increase in the number and visibility of women elected to public office.
Viewers too young to remember may find it a little slow-going, although appearances by Eric Stonestreet, Jennifer Hudson, and other notable actors add to its appeal. However, chances are that folks who watched the events unfold over two decades ago will recognize the range of archived news stories and Senate hearing footage, which is successfully combined with reenactments of key events and fictionalized moments to tell the story. Regardless of what you may think about what actually transpired, the overall narrative offers the chance to reflect on how these events contribute to our overall understanding of what sexual harassment is and the patriarchal and political hurdles that women still have to overcome to be respected in the workplace today.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.