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Requiem for the American Dream

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Noam Chomsky's theories of inequality are important but dry.

Movie NR 2016 78 minutes
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age 14+

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age 14+

Quality movie

Chomsky sheds light on the nefarious nexus between wealth and power.He cracks the veneer of democracy where the masters of mankind rob people through corporatism which he terms financialization of democracy.

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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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