A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
All viewers may not agree with him, but Chomsky's message is that unchecked, under-regulated capitalism is threatening the fabric of society, with the rich and powerful using their wealth and influence to become even more so, at the expense of the poor.
Positive Role Models
Chomsky is outspoken and intelligent and does a great job of explaining complicated topics in ways that are clear and easy to grasp.
Violence & Scariness
Some sequences feature news footage of protests and riots, with people being attacked by police officers using fire hoses, tear gas, nightsticks, and other weapons designed to subdue crowds.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Requiem for the American Dream is a documentary that showcases the ideas of acclaimed academic Noam Chomsky, who explains how the global economic system has tilted far in favor of the rich and powerful. In a series of extensive interviews, Chomsky walks viewers through his theories, explaining how the world has become more and more unequal and why current conditions suggest than significant change is unlikely in the near future. There's nothing upsetting other than old news footage of people being forcibly subdued during riots and protests, but some of the ideas are a bit academic/advanced and likely won't be very entertaining to younger viewers. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Chomsky is a compelling speaker and teacher, and with him at the center, Requiem is fascinating. But despite the film's interesting subject -- and the expert discussing it -- it's a lot to ask of an audience to sit through what essentially's a lecture. Some charts, news footage, and animation add texture -- and there's no question the message is powerful and thought-provoking. But entertainment? Not so much. A less-dry approach perhaps would have better served a film that deserves to be seen.
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