Merchants of Doubt

2015 PG-13 1h 33m DVD

Merchants of Doubt

2015 PG-13 1h 33m DVD
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This revealing documentary examines the network of scientific "experts" paid by major corporations to spread disinformation about looming environmental threats, including chemical pollution and global climate change.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
English, English SDH, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Merchants of Doubt is a documentary about the use of deception and deflection to cast doubt on issues that are scientifically sound. It begins with the tobacco industry -- which long ago convinced people it was OK to smoke -- and moves up to the more current climate crisis. The main content issue is language; in one scene, scientists read some of the angry emails and death threats they've received, which include momentary uses of "f--k" and "s--t." The death threats are also alarming. Otherwise, this is a thought-provoking film for both teens and adults, addressing the idea that not everything presented in the media is entirely true; it's important to recognize that deception exists and that it's possible to see beyond it.

Sexual Content

Not applicable


Death threats to climate scientists via email. Heated debates on TV.


Angry emails read out loud include brief uses of "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "damn," "piss," and "bitch." A use of "bulls--t" is bleeped, and one person says "effing" in place of a bad word.

Social Behavior

By pointing out the tricky ways in which media hides and deflects information, the movie educates viewers on how to be savvier with their media and how to potentially question the messages and information that come to them.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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