Hating Breitbart PG-13

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
Hating Breitbart PG-13 Movie Poster Image
Docu one-sidedly reveres late right-wing media provocateur.
  • PG-13
  • 2013
  • 85 minutes

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age 16+
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Parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive messages

Regardless of your politics, the message that journalism should be about the truth -- or that biases should be clearly noted -- is an important and thought-provoking one. But whether an audience will appreciate this film's additional messages about "citizen journalism," covertly video-taping people, etc. is completely tied to how much you agree with the late, self-described provocateur's opinions.

Positive role models & representations

Andrew Breitbart is depicted as a brave voice of truth in the otherwise untruthful world of media, but its position may be interpreted in different ways depending on viewers' political leanings.

Violence
Sex

Mentions of prostitution and of an elected official's sexting scandal.

Language

Lots of "f--k"s are bleeped out, but other words aren't: "a--holes," "piss," "bitch," "hateful bastards," "bulls--t."

Consumerism

Apple (MacBook Pro), Starbucks, and various publications are shown or mentioned.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

Breitbart speaks at a couple places where people are drinking (most notably New Orleans and a restaurant with a full bar behind him), and he says that if he hadn't been so drunk throughout college, he would have "joined the left."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Hating Breitbart PG-13 (the original cut, which was rated R for language, was titled simply Hating Breitbart) is actually an homage to the late right-wing activist and new media entrepreneur Andrew Breitbart. The documentary offers an overwhelmingly reverential portrait of the conservative media mogul, who considered it his job to discredit what he considered the liberal mainstream media. It's not an objective film; all but one or two of the people interviewed are friends, family, or admiring colleagues. Where your family stands on the political spectrum will likely determine how much you enjoy this documentary, which portrays Breitbart as a brave, almost heroic figure in American journalism.

User Reviews

Parent of a 17 year old Written byRedking June 8, 2013

Relevant Today, Relevant Tomorrow

"Hating Breitbart" is a lesson on US journalism gone awry. The populace is not getting but a sliver of truth in what the mainstream media is broadcast...
Parent Written byBreastCancerSurvivor June 11, 2013

Loved the movie, Hating Breitbart

This is a great movie. Breitbart was a man who told the truth and called out the liars. Never once did I see him lie. Not even ONCE. Open your eyes and see what...

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What's the story?

HATING BREITBART PG-13 is ironically titled, because the documentary is actually an ode to Andrew Breitbart, the late conservative activist and provocateur who used his media empire to challenge what he perceived as the left-controlled mainstream media. Through interviews with friends, family, former classmates, and other conservative and libertarian journalists, Breitbart's confrontational, in-your-face style is mostly admired and respected in the film. He's shown speaking around the country, at Tea Party rallies, college campuses, and press conferences.

Is it any good?

Andrew Marcus' biographical documentary of Andrew Breitbart, who died unexpectedly in 2012, isn't the sort of investigative piece the departed media entrepreneur was best known for promoting. It's a straight-up homage to the man, featuring only footage of him and his family, friends, and other conservative journalists or politicians who respected him. By interviewing only people who loved and admired the man, Marcus makes sure that the audience sees only the positive about Breitbart's professional mission -- although very little (outside of interviews with Breitbart's father-in-law Orson Bean and stepmother-in-law Alley Mills) of his personal life.

In fact, only a couple of Breitbart critics are included in the entire 85-minute documentary, neither of whom is well known or particularly eloquent. It's like the documentarian had no interest in providing a counterpoint to all of Breitbart's slick explanations for why he considered the extreme right, like Tea Party supporters, the only voice of truth in America. Whether you agree with Breitbart or not, one thing is undeniably true: The man knew how to stir an audience, how to anger his opposition, and how to be charismatically confrontational.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can discuss Hating Breitbart PG-13's intent: Is it to counter the negative media perception of Andrew Breitbart or to explain why people either love or hate his style of journalism?

  • What are the differences between fact and speculation or opinion? What tools do we have to help us determine which is which? Do you think documentaries are required to be objective? Why or why not?

  • Breitbart's untimely death is never mentioned except for a graphic that shows his birth and death years right before the credits. Do you think Breitbart's death and how it affected the Breitbart media empire should have been discussed?

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