A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
There are tons of facts shared here but they're not super organized; the special is more about feelings and representation.
From the mouths of kids, anyone can be president, regardless of race or religion.
Positive Role Models
The kids are enthusiastic and knowledgeable about American history, and most feel hopeful that anyone can be president, including them.
The group of kids is diverse in race and gender, including Black, Asian, and disabled kids. An interviewee has cerebral palsy and explains his condition and why he wants to be president, inspired by FDR.
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A kid calls a president "so fat," and there are some brief poop jokes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that I Can Be President: A Kid's-Eye View is a 30-minute special featuring interviews with young kids about the presidency. It's about all presidents and the concept of presidency, but highlights the election of Barack Obama. Some of the interviews are accompanied by animations that bring to life what the kids are talking about, as well as some historical moments. There's some talk about William Howard Taft being "so fat" and some poop jokes by kids feeling silly. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This special is a bit scattered, but it's a fun examination of how kids felt about the presidency in the year 2011, a few years after the historic election of Barack Obama. The kids are extremely cute, making observations about George Washington's "weird hair" and the option to outlaw spinach. They also make some pretty astute statements, including the fact that all presidents were kids at some point. The animations aren't outstanding but the kids' hopeful ideas and outlook shine here.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.