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Life in a Day

2011 PG-13 1h 35m Blu-ray / DVD

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Life in a Day

2011 PG-13 1h 35m Blu-ray / DVD
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After thousands of people around the world joined together to record banal and remarkable everyday events on July 24, 2010, director Kevin MacDonald led a team of editors to condense more than 4,500 hours of video into this picture of life on Earth.
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Screen
Widescreen 1.85:1
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Screen
Widescreen 1.85:1
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Rating
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 12+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 12+
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Reviews

age 12+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that since this documentary was culled from thousands of hours of YouTube footage submitted by regular people from all over the world, it depicts everything from births to deaths, love to loss, morning to night -- some of which may be disturbing to younger viewers. There's a particularly grisly scene of a cow being slaughtered (viewers see it being shot in the head with an air gun and then having its throat slit open) and some quick glimpses of the Love Parade in Germany, where several people were crushed to death (footage shows EMTs rushing to help people who appear dead or unconscious). An elderly couple renews their vows in a ceremony that includes promises of more sex and other innuendo. The language, frequently included in subtitles, includes "bulls--t," "damn," "prick," and more. A young gay man comes out to his grandmother over the phone.

Sexual Content

In the "What Do You Love?" segment, there are shots of couples holding hands, hugging, and kissing and a woman in a bra sitting with her back to the camera. During an anniversary ceremony, the priest reads vows written by the groom that jokingly ask whether the bride is willing to perform oral sex more often, plus other sexual innuendo.

Violence

Disturbing images include people living in poverty (sleeping on floors, children with no shoes living 14 to a single room); coverage of the deadly Love Parade in Germany that resulted in trampling (viewers see emergency medical technicians working on a person prostate on the floor and transferring other injured or possibly dead people); a few people who carry weapons in their pockets; and the grisly, bloody sight of a cow being slaughtered (first shot in the head with an air gun, then nearly decapitated by a butcher).

Language

Most of the language is via subtitles; spoken words include "bulls--t," "s--t," "ass," "damn," "goddamn," "prick," and the like.

Social Behavior

The movie's overwhelming message is that in a single day, most humans experience more similarities than differences -- we wake up, eat, work, play, love, and go to sleep. Because it was shot by hundreds of filmmakers from around the world, there's a universality to the movie that demonstrates how we're all global siblings going about our day; it's just the culture that changes.

Consumerism

During the "What Do You Carry Around?" section, people pull out everything from a purse containing all Marc Jacobs accessories to a Lamborghini keychain and car.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

A few people around the world are shown drinking (in fact, the opening shot is of a drunk-looking man confirming that the date is July 24, 2010). One man (whose face isn't shown) confesses to having syringes in his pockets.

  • 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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