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No Safe Spaces

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Overly long, illogical docu is long-winded and obnoxious.

Movie PG-13 2019 95 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 41 parent reviews

age 12+

Bias much?

How is it that this film has many high starred reviews but shows up with 1 from common sense media? Seems overly fishy to me.
age 13+

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Our review:
Parents say (41 ):
Kids say (7 ):

Though this film tries to make the case that free speech suppression is one of the most important issues facing our country today, ultimately it's long-winded, obnoxious, and unconvincing. The crux of No Safe Spaces' logical hole is that although Carolla and Prager work really hard to convince us that curtailing free speech is tantamount to fascism, they're making their points on a stage, to an audience, with microphones -- freely. If free speech is truly in such terrible danger, where are the protestors and police to stop this not-so-dynamic duo?

The filmmakers further attempt to prove their points by interviewing people whose experiences have been free-speech flashpoints: right-wing poster boy Ben Shapiro, attorney Alan Dershowitz, and Evergreen State University professor Bret Weinstein. But, again, as the interviewees expound, again, quite freely on what happened to them and why it matters, it's increasingly difficult to buy their victimhood. As an animated satire of Schoolhouse Rock's "I'm Just a Bill" says during No Safe Spaces, "You sure have to be careful what you say nowadays, or people will get offended!" Well, yeah. That First Amendment that Prager and Carolla seem to admire so much says nothing about offense. It promises that Congress will make no law abridging free speech -- not that speaking your mind won't earn you blowback. So while No Safe Spaces may feel comforting to some who feel vaguely victimized but aren't sure why, it's unlikely to win converts to its cause -- which was surely the whole point.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: October 25, 2019
  • On DVD or streaming: September 15, 2020
  • Cast: Adam Carolla
  • Director: Justin Folk
  • Studio: Atlas Distribution
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Run time: 95 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: some language and brief violence
  • Last updated: June 20, 2023

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