A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie's overwhelming message is that in a single day, most humans experience more similarities than differences -- we wake up, eat, work, play, love, and go to sleep. Because it was shot by hundreds of filmmakers from around the world, there's a universality to the movie that demonstrates how we're all global siblings going about our day; it's just the culture that changes.
Positive Role Models
Since the movie doesn't follow any characters for much time, it's hard to identify any role models. A widower father makes a heartfelt statement about how at least his family is alive, even if they have very little shelter, food, or money. A couple renews their vows after 50 years of marriage. But on the other hand, one man is shown shoplifting a snack from a convenience store.
Violence & Scariness
Disturbing images include people living in poverty (sleeping on floors, children with no shoes living 14 to a single room); coverage of the deadly Love Parade in Germany that resulted in trampling (viewers see emergency medical technicians working on a person prostate on the floor and transferring other injured or possibly dead people); a few people who carry weapons in their pockets; and the grisly, bloody sight of a cow being slaughtered (first shot in the head with an air gun, then nearly decapitated by a butcher).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
In the "What Do You Love?" segment, there are shots of couples holding hands, hugging, and kissing and a woman in a bra sitting with her back to the camera. During an anniversary ceremony, the priest reads vows written by the groom that jokingly ask whether the bride is willing to perform oral sex more often, plus other sexual innuendo.
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Most of the language is via subtitles; spoken words include "bulls--t," "s--t," "ass," "damn," "goddamn," "prick," and the like.
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Products & Purchases
During the "What Do You Carry Around?" section, people pull out everything from a purse containing all Marc Jacobs accessories to a Lamborghini keychain and car.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A few people around the world are shown drinking (in fact, the opening shot is of a drunk-looking man confirming that the date is July 24, 2010). One man (whose face isn't shown) confesses to having syringes in his pockets.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that since this documentary was culled from thousands of hours of YouTube footage submitted by regular people from all over the world, it depicts everything from births to deaths, love to loss, morning to night -- some of which may be disturbing to younger viewers. There's a particularly grisly scene of a cow being slaughtered (viewers see it being shot in the head with an air gun and then having its throat slit open) and some quick glimpses of the Love Parade in Germany, where several people were crushed to death (footage shows EMTs rushing to help people who appear dead or unconscious). An elderly couple renews their vows in a ceremony that includes promises of more sex and other innuendo. The language, frequently included in subtitles, includes "bulls--t," "damn," "prick," and more. A young gay man comes out to his grandmother over the phone. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Parts of this "we are one big global family" experiment work incredibly, if predictably, well. One great example is the quickly edited scenes of people eating, drinking, and moving against their various cultural backdrops. Some of the people we see a bit longer than others are poignant as they try to share snippets of life -- walking around in Kabul, filming their son's first shave, coming out to their grandmother on the phone. Other aspects of the movie may raise a cynic's eyebrow -- did we really need to see the smug look of satisfaction on face of the middle-aged-man who drives a Lamborghini? -- or lose viewers with short attention spans.
Parents will particularly enjoy the segments that feature families. One of the funniest videos is of the hilarious 50th anniversary vow renewal of an English couple named Ann and John; the priest asks Ann on John's behalf "Will you do that thing you promised you'd let John do on his 40th birthday, but still have not yet done?" In contrast, a newlywed couple is shown being toasted by their best man, who explains that when two creatures live together, they should expect to mate, but also some blood. Another favorite shows a clueless new father attempting to quote Walt Whitman while his exhausted wife holds their newborn twins and snaps at him to stop being selfish and come watch the babies. Ultimately, the idea that human beings are all more similar than they are different isn't that original, but the film is still an insigtful, worthy reminder that all of us take it one day at a time.
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