Parents' Guide to

A Day in the Life

By Matt Springer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Online docuseries profiles the wildly successful.

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Spurlock is one of those unique documentarians who has no problem interjecting himself into the events unfolding around him. It's surprising, then, that he mostly steps back and stays out of the way here. With each episode focusing on what a single day is like for one of the world's leading celebrities or personalities, Spurlock wisely defers to the stars of the episodes and lets them tell their own story. His cameras eavesdrop on business meetings, chance encounters on the street, phone calls, and airline flights.

Although there's still plenty of editing to get one day down to 22 minutes, A Day in the Life is still a refreshingly pure reality series that's actually closer to true documentary filmmaking. No annoying hosts, no obnoxious wannabes concocting arguments to get more camera time. Just an interesting subject and a close look at a day in their life. Its simplicity is the show's greatest advantage.

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