The Greatest Movie Ever Sold

2011 PG-13 1h 30m Blu-ray / DVD

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The Greatest Movie Ever Sold

2011 PG-13 1h 30m Blu-ray / DVD
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Intrepid filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) directs this bitingly ironic documentary, which scrutinizes the pervasive marketing, advertising and product placement practices that have become standard in the entertainment industry.
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
Subtitles
English, English SDH, French, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Screen
Widescreen 1.85:1
Subtitles
English, English SDH, French, Spanish (Neutral)
CC
No
Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio
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 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
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Reviews

age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this documentary from Super Size Me filmmaker Morgan Spurlock unmasks how companies push their brands by way of film and television product placements -- and how media companies work with them to raise money to get their projects made. It's an enlightening, exhilarating, and often hilarious look at the mechanics of consumerism and advertising that's likely to be a conversation-starter for teens and adults. Expect some swearing (including "s--t" and "f--k") and plenty of footage from commercials.

Sexual Content

A quick scene in which a man envisions women's breasts under T-shirts to be of a different shape. Brief flashes of advertising images showing scantily clad women.

Violence

A few clips from action movies, though they're fleeting and not particularly violent.

Language

A few instances of "ass," "s--t," and "f--k."

Social Behavior

Spurlock's goal is to point out that if you're watching a movie or a TV show (or pretty much enjoying any form of entertainment), chances are you're being sold something. Products are either discreetly or aggressively being pitched to you to get you to spend your money of them. And being aware of this may help empower you to be aware of exactly what companies are doing to influence your purchases.

Consumerism

The movie is intentionally inundated with products, including Sheetz, Mane 'n Tail, Burger King, JetBlue, Nike, Ben & Jerry's -- you name it, it's probably here. And of course, the movie itself is a product, with beverage manufacturer POM as a title-placement-earning sponsor. But the film is transparent about the ways that these products are sold to viewers, even as it's happening on screen.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Quick snippets of beer commercials.

  • 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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