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Inequality for All

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Engaging economics docu encourages equality, activism.

Movie PG 2013 90 minutes
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INEQUALITY FOR ALL does what most documentaries about economic issues can't do: It keeps your attention. This is in large part because Reich is such a charismatic and funny speaker, so compassionate and truly committed to raising awareness that it's hard not to engage with his simple, streamlined documentary.

Though it introduces complex subjects, it does so in such a way that the average person can get her or his mind around is, and the chart- and graph-heavy format is meant to inform caring people and activate them into smart, compassionate thinkers. Younger kids are unlikely to understand a lot of the material presented here, but kids old enough to be studying government, politics, or economics will find an easy-to-grasp primer on the situation, with a number of real-life examples of how everyday people struggle to make ends meet with declining salaries against rising costs and inflation in a world where the top 400 people in the country have more wealth than half of population. Truly staggering disparities are presented in rapid succession, but it's not so much to be overwhelming and enough to guide activist-leaning kids toward a better understanding of the new normal.

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