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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Rousing docu encourages teens to think, question, and act.

Movie NR 2012 80 minutes
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With ReGeneration, Montgomery has created a well-rounded documentary. She goes straight to the top with experts like Noam Chomsky and personalities like Talib Kweli and deconstructs the way that people -- and especially teens -- absorb information from the media. According to the movie, this information is mainly just advertising of some kind. So, though teens think they can be happy by buying stuff, it only makes them feel emptier, and they don't know why.

When faced with today's problems, an entire generation has no idea how to respond. After getting sharp opinions and ideas from the experts, Montgomery's sympathetic camera goes to the teens and to two young parents, who barely even have the ability to understand their feelings, much less figure out what to do. While ReGeneration may not be able to offer any specific help, it does leave off on a positive note, saying that change is possible -- and attainable -- if people simply do something, even something small.

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