The Best of the Colbert Report

2007 NR 2h 55m DVD

The Best of the Colbert Report

2007 NR 2h 55m DVD
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Armed with flawed logic, unreasonable conclusions and sidesplitting humor, no-nonsense journalist and truthiness seeker Stephen Colbert delivers to audiences his comical take on current events in this collection of popular sketches and interviews. Parodying such shows as "The O'Reilly Factor," Colbert goes toe-to-toe in verbal battles with celebrity guests including George Lucas, Barry Manilow and Willie Nelson.
Stephen Colbert, George Lucas, Barry Manilow, Willie Nelson
Full Screen 1.33:1
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 news satire pokes fun at conservative political viewpoints, borrowing much of its in-your-face style (and many of its patriotic graphics) from more serious Fox News programs like The O'Reilly Factor. The show's self-important host, Stephen Colbert (played by comedian Stephen Colbert), thumbs his nose at political correctness and generally abhors anything with the slightest scent of liberalism. He's also known for openly criticizing his guests and sharing passionately misguided opinions, most of which lead to absurd conclusions. (For example, while speaking out about the dangers of Mother's Day, he says with deadpan sincerity: "If kids want to do something nice for their mother, that's fine. But for me to join in, it is incest. And it is wrong.")

Sexual Content

Witty banter sometimes vamps into sexual innuendo, and Colbert often hawks a made-up product, Formula 401, which consists of his own "DNA" (for those looking for sperm donors). Topical subjects, such as abortion and gay marriage, are often part of the discussion.


No violence to speak of, though the show covers current events, including the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.


Swearing ("crap," "bitch") pops up occassionally. More serious words are bleeped out, usually for comic effect.

Social Behavior

Nothing is sacred, and the show takes a fairly cynical attitude toward politics, government, and just about every other institution in America -- though Colbert also uses his considerable influence to benefit causes from the U.S. military to nonprofit organizations that give money to schools.


The show plugs its own website at least once during each episode. Other products are shown if they've made the headlines. Colbert has made on-air pleas to companies like Apple to send him free goods (like a new iPad) and then praised them later; he's also had different segments of his show sponsored (like when Doritos sponsored his run for the presidency in 2008) -- although it's ostensibly meant to mock product placement, it results in some pretty nice plugs for the companies involved.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some references to drinking and smoking, and Colbert has done both on camera -- usually as the punchline to some kind of joke.

  • 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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