The Red Pill

Movie review by Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Unbalanced docu about men's rights movement.

NR 2017 117 minutes

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 33 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 5 reviews

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age 13+

Excellent film

This is a wonderful and balanced documentary and I think whoever put together the "expert review" on this site should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves. Do you really think it is in any way balanced to write a review peppered with words such as "venomous", "rabid" and "masquerade"? I find it quite bizarre that you think that Cassie Jaye "doesn't question" when the entire film presents her struggling with her own transformation - what do you think was meant by her saying "there is still some doubt" at the end of the film? If one makes a film about men's rights, they are not obligated to have to talk about women's right. Not doing so does not negate the existence of women's issues - it simply means that issues for men and women coexist and are not mutually exclusive, which is what your review appears to imply. I have a 5 year old daughter, by the way, so I am deeply personally invested in ensuring women are safe and are not prevented from achieving because of who they are (as you can see, one can actually care for both). Also, you cannot actually make a film and "give all the necessary facts" - this would make the film last longer than the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Or is it just that you can't stand anyone voicing any criticism against the feminist movement? But your questions for discussion section towers it all. "What does it mean to be a feminist? Why do you think so many people misunderstand or misuse the term?" It reminds me of some communist jokes from Russia I once heard, in the vein of "Who is your role model and why Stalin?" - in other words, why suggest a discussion or debate with children when you've already decided on the answer? Outside of the issue at hand (feminism), I cannot think of a more patronising approach to one's own children. Luckily, judging from the Kids Say section of the reviews, they seem to have more sense than the "expert reviewer". I think your review is not a review of the film, it's just a review (a restatement, rather) of your own opinion. You didn't like what Cassie Jaye is trying to do in the film, tried to present your opinion as a film review and thought we wouldn't notice. Well, we did.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
1 person found this helpful.
age 11+

This title has:

Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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