To Be Takei
Proving there's life after "Star Trek," this documentary profiles the career of actor George Takei, who played Lieutenant Sulu in the series and later became a well-known advocate for gay rights, backed by a legion of enduring fans.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that To Be Takei is a documentary about Star Trek actor and civil rights activist George Takei. Dealing with adversity that Takei faced both in WWII's Japanese internment camps and as an Asian-American actor trying to make it in Hollywood, the movie addresses some challenging times in American history, but nothing graphic is shown. A few scenes feature banter about Takei's sexual orientation (especially from friend Howard Stern), and an animated sequence depicts Takei's first sexual experience as a teen at summer camp, though the cut-out characters are only shown in silhouette. There's some profanity ("f--k," "s--t"), and both ethnic and anti-gay slurs are visible in photographs and video footage. Mature teens and grown-up Trekkers will best appreciate the story of this multifaceted American treasure.
- Sexual Content
- There's a paper-cut animation of Takei's first sexual experience, which is narrated by Takei and shows the shadows of two people kissing in a summer camp cabin. Takei and Howard Stern joke about his sex life and orientation, and magazine covers of scantily clad musclebound men are shown.
- Some light swordplay is shown during one of Takei's most popular Star Trek scenes.
- Takei says "f--k you" to William Shatner during a comedy roast, and derogatory protest signs with the words "f-g" and "f----ts" are shown.
- Social Behavior
- Takei's inspirational story can show kids that it's possible to overcome all kinds of adversity; his untraditional path to stardom required facing lots of fears and challenges. His success can also be attributed to persistence and hard work, and his later-life activism shows a celebrity putting fame to positive use.
- Star Trek fans and memorabilia figure prominently; there's a scene in which Takei sells autographs at a convention.
- 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