Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden?

2008 PG-13 1h 33m DVD

Where in the World Is Osama bin Laden?

2008 PG-13 1h 33m DVD
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In his follow-up to the hit Super Size Me, documentarian Morgan Spurlock tries to one-up the U.S. government by finding Osama bin Laden. Spurlock reportedly shot more than 800 hours of footage while scouring the Middle East for the infamous leader.
Morgan Spurlock, Dr. Daryl Isaacs, Alexandra Jamieson, Laken James Spurlock
Morgan Spurlock
Widescreen 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
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+
age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that even though this documentary includes animation and director/star Morgan Spurlock's trademark humor, it's not aimed at younger children. It deals with difficult themes -- terrorism, morality, birth, and death -- in ways that are both entertaining and sophisticated. Violence is a theme throughout the movie, coming up in conversations about terrorist attacks, suicide bombers, and U.S. aggression. Actual violent images are infrequent; conservative men in Israel who resent the film crew's intrusion act aggressively, and there are shots of tanks and armed men in Gaza. There's brief imagery of Spurlock's wife giving birth in a tub; language includes a couple of "f--k"s and other profanity.

Sexual Content

Some images of Alexandra (Spurlock's wife) pregnant and giving birth in a tub. Some nudity, but nothing racy/sexual.


Frequent discussions of terrorism and recent terrorist acts (including attacks on the United States). When Spurlock takes self-defense training, he pretends to duck grenades and roll around to avoid gunfire; one fake scenario shows a man with his head "exploded" (red paint splatter on the wall). One scene shows conservative Israeli Jewish men behaving aggressively toward Spurlock and his cameraperson; other scenes show tanks and men with guns in Palestine and the Gaza Strip. Spurlock and his crew follow a police squad called to check a possible bomb; the object is exploded safely.


Occasional language includes "f--k" (a couple of times), "bitch," "son of a bitch," and "s--t."

Social Behavior

Spurlock chastises world leaders (especially recent U.S. politicians) and holds forth on the world's peoples "getting along." His comedy is received generously, save for a scene in Israel, where men on the street yell and gesture aggressively to get him to leave. Some animated representations of "terrorists" show them in caricatured ways (bearded, scary).


Starbucks (in Israel).

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some interviewees smoke cigarettes.

  • 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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