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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Devastating portrayal of the toll of eating disorders. Graphic moments include discussion of purging and vomiting, suicidal thoughts, and attempted suicide scars on wrists. Endoscopy of stomach is shown.
One woman liberally uses "f--k" and "s--t."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lots of smoking and prescription drug use and abuse.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this documentary, although rated for mature audiences, should be required viewing for girls who've ever had a brush with an eating disorder (or who have friends who have). That said, you must watch with your kids. There's too much anguish and illness here to let them make sense of it alone. Fourteen may seem young, but waiting for a child to be of legal age could be too late. The film is a gripping, no-holds-barred 102 minutes of brutally honest footage about anorexia and bulemia and the psychological and physical consequences of both. The women portrayed are filled with mental anguish, there's talk of suicide, shots of purging, stomach tubes, and honest and intimate discussions (some laced with profanity). CAUTION: Tips on how to binge, purge, and avoid eating are discussed in the movie. While some people might feel that these tips will teach girls (or boys) how to be bulemic or anorexic, the truth is that motivated kids will find them out anyway, and it's important for families to know the warning signs to break past any denial they may have about their children's illness. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Unflinching and incisive, Thin is an emotional journey through the world of eating disorders that provides a greater understanding of their complexity. It encompasses not just issues about food, body image, and self-esteem, but also a mix of personal, familial, cultural, and mental health concerns. It is an unparalleled portrayal of women caught in the grips of a compulsive disease for which they would be willing to die. The film won the best feature-length documentary award at the London Film Festival and competed in the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.
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