Sicko

2007 PG-13 2h 3m DVD

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Sicko

2007 PG-13 2h 3m DVD
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Michael Moore sets his sights on the plight of the uninsured in this Oscar-nominated documentary that uses his trademark humor and confrontational style to ask the difficult questions and get to the truth behind the health-care crisis.
Format
DVD
Screen
Full Screen 1.33:1
Subtitles
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
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 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
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age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this pointed documentary isn't meant for younger children -- not that they're likely to be interested in subject material like medical insurance companies, drug company lobbying, and government legislation regarding medical treatment anyway. That said, Moore makes the sometimes-difficult material understandable and frequently entertaining. Expect some very sad stories of things and people lost -- loved ones, property, and even hope -- as well as brief, potentially upsetting images (bloody injuries, a mentally troubled patient being turned out onto the street, etc). Language includes one pointed use of "bitch," by a tearful woman remembering her work as an insurance agent, and a written "f--k you" glimpsed on a Web site.

Sexual Content

Jokey use of President Bush's famous malapropism ("Too many OB-GYNs are not able to practice their love with women all over this country").

Violence

Some brief grisly medical imagery (for example, a knee being stitched in the opening scenes); photo of severed finger; references to Iraq war and images of detainees at Guantanamo Bay (they play soccer, but they are in prison).

Language

A brief shot of an anti-Michael Moore Web site shows the written phrase "f--k you." In terms of what's said out loud, it's mostly pretty mild, including "suck," "bitch," and "ass."

Social Behavior

The film casts the healthcare industry and the U.S. government in a negative light, using potentially upsetting scenes -- children crying as their father leaves for Iraq, a woman discussing her husband's death, a patient being cast into the street by a hospital worker, etc. -- to make its point.

Consumerism

Medical insurance and drug companies are named (Aetna, Pharma, etc.).

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Medications are dispensed and discussed.

  • 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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