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By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Docu about impact of technology could spark discussion.

Movie NR 2014 98 minutes
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Filmmaker Dominic H. White has taken on a little too much with Dsknectd. It's well intentioned, but this treatise on the way that social media and mobile technology have affected people's relationships, their abilities to empathize, and their face-to-face interactions flits between heavy-handed narrated segments, interviews with experts and gaming addicts alike, and less-satisfying surveys of people hanging out in Venice Beach. The part about the South Korean couple is jarring and features an actress approximating a terrible "broken English," vaguely Asian accent that's borderline offensive. A strict retelling of the events would have been more appropriate and impactful. Instead, the fake interview is so phony that it detracts from the movie's more serious and thought-provoking aspects.

Still, despite the misguided fake interview, Dsknectd is a good discussion -tarter for parents and teens. It's a bit too long, but even if parents and kids just watch the first half, they can still have a meaningful conversation about social media, boundaries, and knowing when media and Internet use has turned into something addictive and inappropriate.

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