Make Believe

Movie review by Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Teens chase magical dreams in inspiring documentary.

NR 2010 91 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 12+


This was ok as a documentary, although pretty outdated. Some of the kids’ stories are inspiring, but a few of them are… not. There are too many great documentaries out there to waste time with this one. We watched this with our 10 and 13 year-old daughters and were shocked at a scene where a veteran magician is giving a teenage girl advice about being sexy on stage. She tells her that women entertainers are successful because they’re hot and people want to see their t*ts. UGH, really?!?!

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much consumerism
1 person found this helpful.
age 10+

Quite a good movie with one iffy part

We watched this with our 9 and 11 year old. While it wasn't as engrossing as some other documentaries we've watched (e.g. Spellbound) we all were entertained and enjoyed it. The stories of the international contestants were especially good and great to have the kids see a bit of other cultures. One part I wasn't expecting is when one of the women (ex-magician) who runs a magic place in LA and "mentors" a teenage girls magician talks to her about "Flaunting it if you've got it" and telling her how people used to criticize her skills and thought she was only up on stage because of her "t***s". She also calls the girl, who is from Malibu and is a pretty blonde, "Barbie".

Movie Details

  • In theaters: May 13, 2010
  • On DVD or streaming: September 20, 2011
  • Director: J. Clay Tweel
  • Studio: Level 22
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Character Strengths: Perseverance
  • Run time: 91 minutes
  • MPAA rating: NR
  • Last updated: May 16, 2022

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