Parents' Guide to

This Changes Everything

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Riveting climate-change docu encourages grassroots action.

Movie NR 2015 89 minutes
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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

great film

starts off a little slow but my little one liked it after all :P

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Thoughtful, compelling, and beautifully put together, this film offers hope and a positive outlook for a world in which even a mention of climate change can elicit both despair and controversy. From the first words of the narration -- when Klein talks about being frustrated, even bored, with constant staggering statistics and doomsday predictions about climate change -- it's clear that This Changes Everything wants to be different.

And it succeeds, powerfully. Carefully selecting seven instances in which resourceful, steadfast members of vulnerable communities set out to protect their world and livelihood from short-sighted, wrong-headed business interests, Klein and Lewis ask and answer their insightful question: "What if global warming is the best chance we'll ever get to build a better world?" Fighting practices and "progress" that would encroach upon their beloved land -- power plants, coal mines, a gold processing plant, conversion of tar sands into oil -- the true stories in this movie leave us with people to remember, events to cheer about, and a message that inspires.

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