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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Celebrates the kind of courage and heroism that only spring up at the most extreme and unexpected moments.
Positive Role Models
Though the movie doesn't portray the heroic Welles Remy Crowther in a fully rounded way -- we know nothing of his flaws, fears, loves, losses, or doubts -- his extraordinary accomplishments and courage speak for themselves.
Violence & Scariness
Real-life news footage of the 9/11 attacks. Photos of injured people. Bloody wounds. Crowther doesn't make it out of the building.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Man in Red Bandana is a documentary about Welles Remy Crowther, an equities trader who worked in the World Trade Center and saved at least 10, and possibly up to 18, people after the 9/11 attacks. The film is free of iffy language, sexual content, commercialism, and smoking, drinking, or drugs, but the real-life news footage of the attacks is heart-stopping and upsetting (as is Crowther's fate), and there are photos of injured, bloody survivors. While it's not polished and doesn't show or admit to any of Crowther's faults, when you meet the people who wouldn't be here today if not for him, it's impossible not to be moved. This is truly a great story, and that overcomes the imperfect presentation. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Though Matthew J. Weiss' documentary looks and sounds pretty low-budget, is simplistic in structure, and struggles to fill out its 76 minutes, it's blessed with an amazingly powerful, moving story. The tale is told via clips of news footage interspersed with interviews, all accompanied by Gwyneth Paltrow's narration.
You may notice that the sound is uneven (sudden increases in volume are startling) and that the composition of the interviews is largely artless. In truth, Man in Red Bandana isn't a particularly polished movie. Plus, it presents Welles almost as a saint; no one says anything but good things about him. As a person who actually lived, he's still a mystery -- but as a hero, he's most inspiring. Diagrams of his progress within the tower help to underline his feats, and seeing footage of the people he saved, and of his mother and President Obama, makes you realize the impact he actually had. By the movie's end, there will be both tears and applause. (Watch the credits to hear a new song by Lyle Lovett.)
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