Oscar-winning filmmaker James Marsh peers inside the landmark 1970s experiment for an unflinching look at Nim, the chimp whom scientists raised as human and taught sign language to prove that apes can communicate like humans.
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- James Marsh
PG-13Some strong language, drug content, thematic elements and disturbing images
English, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; director's commentary; making-of featurette; trailer; additional featurettes.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this engrossing, moving documentary about a groundbreaking study of animals and language has some intense material that may be too much for younger viewers. There are frank discussions about how a chimpanzee violently attacks his caretakers (some moments are dramatized, showing not the attacks themselves but the bloody aftermath) and references to drug use, even by the chimp. There's some swearing (including "f--k" and "s--t"), and participants talk about sexual relationships among colleagues, some of which don't end well. That said, teens and adults will be fascinated by both the scientific study at the heart of the movie and the politics and tensions behind it, and the movie is sure to spur discussion about animal rights and cruelty.
- Sexual Content
- Candid conversation about affairs and the like. No nudity, though there's a reference to a chimpanzee's self-pleasuring.
- Two frighteningly aggressive attacks by a chimpanzee are described in detail and shown in hazy flashback; some spattered blood is seen. Some scenes depict caged animals who aren't treated well.
- "Bitch," "hell," "holy s--t" and, a few uses of "f--k."
- Social Behavior
- The movie's more sad than anything, but it does come across as a good thing that Nim's story is finally being told and that steps are being taken to ensure the welfare of animals who've been adopted into the human world.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Some participants are shown smoking pot, including the chimpanzee. A mention of alcohol.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it