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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Courage to define who you are. Have the drive to dream big dreams. Willingness to explore and appreciate cultural diversity. Connect with others to create solutions for issues. Achieve goals through networking.
Positive Role Models
Pete Buttigieg, Harvard and Oxford grad, Rhodes Scholar, and military officer, returns to his hometown of South Bend, Indiana, to become mayor. He transforms an old factory into a business park, raises minimum wage for city employees, and holds a town hall after a Black man is shot by a White police officer. Pete believes that he can be the first person to go from the mayor's office to U.S. president. Joe Biden, Democratic rival candidate, wins the presidency and nominates Pete as Transportation Secretary -- the first openly gay individual to lead a White House department. Chasten Buttigieg, a teacher, activist, and Pete's husband, shares his experiences with students on being part of the LGBTQ+ community. Social activist and media personality the Rev. Al Sharpton says people should be judged on their merit.
Pete Buttigieg is a Maltese American, LGBTQ+ presidential candidate. Women are seen as political reporters on the campaign trail. Pete meets with social activist and media personality the Rev. Al Sharpton to discuss the politics concerning BIPOC communities. Pete and Chasten Buttigieg engage in household chores as a married couple. Pete's campaign supporters are mostly White and cross-generational groups; he seeks to bring about change by building a more diverse coalition.
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Violence & Scariness
Fatal shooting of a Black man by a White police officer, alleged acts of systemic racism, suicide, and deaths in LGBTQ+ and Syrian communities. Allegations of sexual harassment, sexual perversion, and sexism in society.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Pete and Chasten Buttigieg kiss, embrace, hold hands, and discuss becoming dads.
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"Bulls--t," "f--king," and "s--t," as well as disparaging use of the words "bastard," "d--k,” and "piss poor." Vice President Mike Pence is described as "a cheerleader of the porn star presidency" headed by Donald Trump.
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Products & Purchases
Apparel with logos and messages, smartphones and laptops, brand names on cans and cups, and photography equipment.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Reference to use of opioids. Drug overdose death. Glasses of wine, a wine cave, and what appears to be beer served on tap.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mayor Pete is a behind-the-scenes documentary about the Democratic presidential campaign of Pete Buttigieg. A former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Buttigieg now serves as Transportation Secretary in the Biden-Harris administration. He's also the first openly gay individual to head a White House Cabinet post. References and discussions include the fatal shooting of a Black man by a White police officer, suicide, opioid use, and drinking of alcohol. Language includes the words "bulls--t," "f--king," and "s--t," as well as disparaging use of the words "bastard," "d--k," and "piss poor." Positive messages include having the courage to define who you are, the drive to dream big dreams, and a willingness to explore and appreciate the cultural diversity of others. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Director Jesse Moss (Dirty Money) provides a seismic perspective about Buttigieg should the politician ever decide to compete again for another presidential run. Already in a Cabinet position as Transportation Secretary, Mayor Pete gives Buttigieg yet another boost of favorable publicity to one day gain the top seat in the White House. Back in 2020, Buttigieg initially believes "this is the only chance you'll ever get to vote for a Maltese American, left-handed, Episcopalian, gay war veteran mayor and millennial." But, reveals his husband, Chasten, "There's no denying the man has the energy and the drive for the office." Buttigieg looks toward the future by "taking things on and growing, and time is on my side, I hope." For teens and adults, Mayor Pete presents an excellent observation about the challenges and inner workings of a modern-day presidential campaign and the impact on a promising political star.
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