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Dick Johnson Is Dead

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Quirky docu about overcoming fear of death; mature themes.

Movie PG-13 2020 89 minutes
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This wise and goofy film an inspired piece saturated with love and appreciation of a daughter preparing to lose someone she loves dearly. Many will relate to the pain of such an inevitable loss, which is why Dick Johnson is Dead works so well. Though we all know that everyone dies, we spend so much time and energy deliberately avoiding thoughts about this reality. Kirsten conquers death over and over as she "kills" her dad, then lifts him up from the aftermath unharmed. The mock funeral is the film's most moving sequence, an unexpected gut punch and counterweight to the whimsical "deaths" she's filmed. Dick's best friend breaks down as he pre-lives delivering the eulogy for his friend. This sends the loud, clear message that we need to tell the people we love how much we appreciate them while they're still here with us.

Movie Details

  • On DVD or streaming: October 4, 2020
  • Director: Kirsten Johnson
  • Studio: Netflix
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Run time: 89 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: thematic elements and macabre images
  • Last updated: February 18, 2023

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