A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The documentary will make viewers think about technology's power to educate and advance -- but also to corrupt and limit people. Ultimately it focuses more on the negative impact.
Positive Role Models
Part of the movie is a reenactment of an incident involving a South Korean couple who neglected their baby in favor of video games. In that segment, an actress approximates a borderline offensive "broken English," vaguely Asian accent.
Violence & Scariness
In the dramatization based on the South Korean couple, the baby dies of malnutrition.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Discussion of sexting and the possible relationship between social media and sexual activity, promiscuity, and unprotected sex.
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Products & Purchases
Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter are all discussed.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dsknectd is a documentary about how technology can be both immensely useful and also detrimental, if unchecked. The film explores the many ways that social media and multiplayer online games have changed how people interact and features interviews with psychologists, neurologists, and other experts. There are in-depth conversations about sexting, teen sexuality, and technology addiction, as well as a disturbing reenactment of an incident involving a South Korean couple who neglected their newborn daughter in favor of video games to the point that the baby died. The documentary will provide opportunities for parents and kids to talk about serious topics related to media use and even addiction. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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