Ten9Eight: Shoot for the Moon

2009 NR 1h 25m DVD

Ten9Eight: Shoot for the Moon

2009 NR 1h 25m DVD
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In filmmaker Mary Mazzio's inspiring documentary, young inner-city students -- entrepreneurs -- discuss their harrowing lives and the numerous obstacles they've overcome as they compete to take home a $10,000 grant to start a business. The diverse group of creative, enthusiastic and determined teens is followed closely as they participate in a prestigious competition hosted by the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship.
Tatyana Blackwell, Jessica Cervantes, Gabriel Echoles, Shan Shan Huang, Amanda Loyola, William Mack, Anné Montague, Alexander Niles
Mary Mazzio
Widescreen 1.78:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
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 documentary about inner-city teens participating in a national business plan competition offers lots of positive messages about staying in school, working hard, setting goals, and reaching for dreams. It also introduces business entrepreneurship as an alternative to violence, criminal activity, and/or drug abuse. The young contestants' personal stories deal with violence, addiction, molestation, and absentee parents, but all of these tough topics are addressed within the context of positive narratives about overcoming obstacles.

Sexual Content

Some contestants discuss teen sex, pregnancy, and birth control. One talks about becoming a teen father. Condoms are briefly visible.


The contestants briefly talk about the violent neighborhoods they lived in and the number of friends and family who died as a result. The documentary asserts that a large number of high school dropouts end up dead at a young age. Men are shown being incarcerated. One contestant discusses being sexually molested by a family member.


Not applicable

Social Behavior

The documentary presents entrepreneurship as an alternative to dropping out of school and other risky behavior. Although some of the teens are motivated by greed, overall the movie has positive messages about working hard, reaching for goals, and empowering yourself to overcome obstacles and be successful. The film also acts as an advocate for educators.


The logos of corporate sponsors -- including AOL and Chase Bank -- appear. The judges are CEOs of major corporations like Nantucket Nectars, Oppenheimer Funds, and Home Depot. The film acts as a promotional vehicle for the NFTE Business Education Program.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Many of the contestants are attempting to stay away from drugs while coping with the addictions of their parents and/or other family members. Drug dealing is discussed as a negative activity.

  • 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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