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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
There's no age limit to bravery. Stand up for what you believe in. "They can't stop all of us!"
Positive Role Models
Joshua Wong is a bright and unusually mature Hong Kong teenager who decides to act when he learns that his freedoms are being threatened by the Communist Chinese government that has taken over his city, Hong Kong. He urges fellow students to be willing to pay the steep price for freedom.
Violence & Scariness
Police throw tear gas into crowds. People run and scream, holding their stinging eyes. Police arrest and drag away protesters. Joshua goes on a hunger strike but stops after five days because of concerns for his health.
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"F--k," "s--t," and "hell."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower is not, as the title might suggest, an action movie about a kid facing a comic book foe, but rather a documentary about a bright teen who takes it upon himself to help lead a youth movement against Communist China's takeover of his city, the former British colony of Hong Kong. The fight includes a hunger strike, street protests, sit-ins, and confrontations with police, who use force and tear gas to control huge crowds. Expect to see many intelligent, dedicated young people working to preserve free speech and free thought -- and also to hear "f--k," "s--t," and "hell." There's a clear message about the importance of courage. 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 is a thoughtful, engrossing documentary for mature teens and their families. Director Joe Piscatella does an admirable job using inspiring and sometimes upsetting footage to intimately monitor the struggles of a group of dedicated teenagers pledged to keeping Hong Kong a free entity for themselves and coming generations. Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower may inspire high schoolers to learn more about the history of Hong Kong and China. Scenes in which people suffer the pain of tear gassing by police and forcible arrests may be disturbing to younger or sensitive kids.
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