American Teacher

2011 NR 1h 21m DVD

American Teacher

2011 NR 1h 21m DVD
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Profiling four extraordinary teachers from diverse parts of the country, this documentary feature examines the struggles of an underpaid profession. Educators weigh in on how the American school system might be radically transformed.
Matt Damon
Vanessa Roth, Brian McGinn
Widescreen 1.77:1
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this convincing documentary drives home the message that the United States has failed to invest in its teachers. There's no swearing, drinking, sex, or anything else that could be inappropriate for young viewers, but the emphasis on the failures of the U.S. educational system might be too disheartening for kids, and without clear solutions, the film could leave young viewers hopeless rather than motivated to work for change.

Sexual Content

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Social Behavior

The clear message of the movie is that teachers are underpaid, underappreciated, and undervalued, and we should do something about it.


A few nationally known retail stores such as Circuit City are mentioned.

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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