The Vietnam War

Movie review by Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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age 14+

Outstanding docu is insightful, objective, and violent.

NR 2017 110 minutes

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age 16+

Good documentary for adults and older teens.

I find it interesting, especially because there are interviews with people from the different sides(not just american soldiers but war reporters north and south vietnamese). I am not going to do a thorough parent guide on it but it may be worth a watch(and very educational about the war and what wars are like in general). I will say that there is a significant amount of real violence(from crazy/courageous reporters that filmed during combat) and not fit for children and at least somewhat shocking at times. I am not all the way through the series(there is at least 7 hours left), but the sexual content is very low. There is two cases of adult female nudity that I saw, one was a briefly shown picture of a mountain tribe(one or two women) but in this case, it is no more sexual than breastfeeding or something and one distasteful inclusion of a topless woman from some 70s soft porn film. Rape and prostitution(including prostitution of extreme desperation) are mentioned(sometimes very disturbingly but I am glad that they did not whitewash over that since it is something that happens all the time in wars). I didn't notice or don't remember adult male nudity, but if there is, it is not sexual/sexualized. Ultimately, the violence is probably the greater issue to consider since, unlike movies, this documentary has real violence, wounds, etc(enough to be shocking at times but I wouldn't consider it to be a snuff film or anything). I definitely recommend watching at least an episode or two(if these things are not big issues for you) and see if you want to watch more.

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