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Fahrenheit 9/11

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Controversial docu has graphic imagery and violence.

Movie R 2004 120 minutes
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age 17+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 15+

For teens who are just starting to be exposed to the world of politics.

Michael Moore is unabashedly and overtly partisan, and he sometimes does go overboard in the process. With that having been said, this is a much-needed movie. Moore discovered much irony about the Bush administration. For example, Moore pointed out how much then-President George W. Bush spent on our soldiers while they served in Iraq, but how little he spent on our soldiers once they returned home, especially on those who needed to be hospitalized. It seems that John Kerry and President Obama, as well as all the Democrats who ran for President in 2008, obviously watched this movie. Regardless of what you or your teens think about Moore, Bush, the Iraq War or the 2000 election, this is a very important movie for you and your teens to watch and discuss as they're forming their political views.
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age 18+

Sad, Please Don't Waste Your Time

Again more partisan crap, trying to connect dots that are not connectable. Please don't waste your precious time with this. We need to work together for a better future not engage with this type slanted, fictitious, sad excuse for a documentary.

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Some of the movie is wickedly enjoyable, but some of it is clutter, and some undercuts the power of the points Moore is trying to make. Presidents get asked questions about all subjects no matter what they're doing, so when President Bush talks about terrorism when he's on the golf course, the implication that he's a modern-day Nero is overblown. Then there are moments that may be manipulative but are nevertheless unassailably genuine. A visit with the mother of a soldier who was killed in Iraq is moving not just for her loss but for her devotion and her ideals. Glimpses of terribly wounded Iraqi civilians and soldiers on both sides are shocking, as they should be. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld explaining the "humanity" of our surgical strikes and Bush hoping that our captured soldiers will be treated as humanely as we treat the Iraqi prisoners are chilling, as they should be.

Then there are Moore's trademarks: making fun of dumb bureaucrats and hypocrites. We meet congresspeople who duck when asked if their children will enlist to fight in the war they voted for, and a sweet little group of Fresno peaceniks who were infiltrated by a federal agent. Much of the material about the administration and the war is already well known to people who follow the news carefully. But assembled as a dossier of complex interrelationships, conflicts of interest, ignorance, and thuggishness, it's a devastating attack.

Some viewers will be offended. Others will take it as an opportunity to consider the way that other media sources tell the story. Fahrenheit 9/11 is a powerful film that should be seen and responded to. We will not know for a generation or more whether it was right for the U.S. to invade Iraq. That is the way of history. But arguments like those posed in this movie will not just help us think carefully about the topics it covers, but also about how we gather and respond to the information we need to make decisions about how to proceed.

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