This insightful documentary probes the psyche of today's youth, who seem too overwhelmed by the multitude of issues facing them to take any action. Are they just pampered and materialistic, or has the media brainwashed them into apathy? Interviews with social commentators such as Noam Chomsky and artists such as Mos Def set a historical context, while high schoolers and the head of a young family discuss the rationale for their belief systems.
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- Phillip Montgomery
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NRNot rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that ReGeneration is a Ryan Gosling-narrated documentary that explores why today's youths seem so apathetic and cynical about the world's problems. Many theories are formed, and a few solutions are offered, but the gist is to encourage questioning the status quo and to assert that one voice can make a difference. There are a few violent images of the kind you might see on the evening news (war, poverty, street violence, the aftermath of disaster, etc.), as well as a couple of salty words ("s--t" and "a--hole"). But none of the content is gratuitous, and any teen of high school age could and should see ReGeneration.
- Sexual Content
- Not applicable
- Some brief disturbing images are shown during montages, roughly the same kind of thing that can be seen on the news -- i.e., quick images of war, poverty, street violence (with some blood), and the aftermath of disaster (the Hurricane Katrina crisis). Discussion of the war in Iraq and how it's represented on television.
- Language is very infrequent, but "s--t" and "a--hole" are both used once.
- Social Behavior
- ReGeneration explores possible reasons for why teens aren't more involved in the world and the issues it faces. It urges teens not to be apathetic about debt, money, war, and many other current troubles, asserting that even one voice or one small gesture can make a difference. (The movie's website has some helpful hints.)
- Many brands are shown briefly as part of montages, but it's all part of a discussion about the cause and effect of consumerism. No products are being advertised.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Not applicable
- 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