Parents' Guide to

The Founder

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Gripping film about burger entrepreneur has strong language.

Movie PG-13 2017 115 minutes
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age 11+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 11+

I don’t see it this way but for some people this film could be considered a ad for McDonald’s. there’s some swearing but not excessive amounts, it is intersting as a kid I’ve always wondered how McDonald’s went from a single store to a global empire this movie shows exactly that we see the struggles, the successes and enough burgers do leave you dying for a Big Mac by the time the credits role, there’s also some great messages about how you can use systems to innovate and the importance of careful contract negotiations and even though Ray Kroc was greedy at times and treated The McDonald’s Brothers like shit and the film mainly focuses on the story of betrayal it’s also a story of persistence and a story of a guy who has a vision and stops and nothing to make it a reality

age 13+

Warts and all portrait of the founding of McDonald's--could be interesting for a mature tween

This was a very good film and there is no sex or violence, but definitely watch this with your child--there are several important issues that arise that bear discussion afterwards. Ray Kroc lives out the American dream and is admirable in his vision and persistence, but he drinks a lot, breaks his word and contracts, and leaves his wife on the road to "success". Unfortunately, Ray Kroc is not a great role model, but he is successful in realizing his dream. You could talk to your kids about whether or not success is worth losing your integrity and also discuss what he could have possibly done differently to be both successful and maintain his integrity.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Tense, entertaining, and nostalgic yet decidedly modern, this drama is a feast of filmmaking. The Founder pairs brilliant acting with great storytelling to create a movie that, despite its long run time, moves like an energetic athlete. In short, it's a delight. But it's also frightening in a way, offering a study in how vision can build kingdoms -- but also destroy others' dreams and lives, as well as, in some touching ways, the visionary himself. Still, if there's one character Keaton can portray with might, it's a driven, passionate, bombastic, and sometimes-terrifying man like Kroc. He's admirable but also alienating, a character very relevant for these modern times.

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