Fantastic Fungi

Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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age 13+

Fabulous docu finds hope in "magic" mushrooms.

NR 2019 80 minutes

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age 15+

Eye-Opening and Essential

This is a phenomenal documentary which discusses the universal benefits of fungus to humans and nature as a whole. A majority of the topics covered in this film are wonderfully educational for all ages and should be taught more emphatically in school systems. With the many problems our species is facing right now, mushrooms are likely the solution to many of them. The only reason I rate this 15+ is due to the importance of the psilocybin segments. It is incredibly educational and objective, though younger kids may not be ready to hear about mental health and profound spirituality. Especially given the stigma surrounding these things. Overall, an incredibly relevant and impactful documentary.

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age 13+

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I had to look up why this was rated TV-14 on Netflix for “language.” Instead I ended up previewing it before letting my kids watch it. There is one “s**t,” one “damn,” the decaying mouse is sped up to show the breakdown & fungi. It’s 23.5 min into the doc before “altered states of consciousness” & psychedelic mushrooms comes up. But it’s not all what you might think. They discuss scientific studies, research, history, etc. It’s a very fascinating doc. I rated it 13+ because of the very minor language, but also the complex vocabulary and more mature themes that younger kids probably wouldn’t find interesting or fully understand.

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