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"AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH"
(2006) (Al Gore) (PG)

Alcohol/
Drugs
Blood/Gore Disrespectful/
Bad Attitude
Frightening/
Tense Scenes
Guns/
Weapons
Minor Minor *Mild Minor Minor
Imitative
Behavior
Jump
Scenes
Music
(Scary/Tense)
Music
(Inappropriate)
Profanity
Mild None None None Minor
Sex/
Nudity
Smoking Tense Family
Scenes
Topics To
Talk About
Violence
Minor Mild Moderate Heavy Minor


QUICK TAKE:
Documentary: A filmed version of Al Gore's presentation warning about the impact that global warming will have on our and future lives on Earth.
PLOT:
Former Vice-President and one-time Presidential candidate Al Gore brings his long-running, multi-media presentation about global warming to the big screen. Utilizing scientific fact and speculation, along with charts, before and after photos, film footage and personal views on the subject matter, the politico makes a compelling if one-side argument about the effects of humankind's impact on the environment and the potential future implications and ramifications of that.
WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're interested in the subject matter or Al Gore they might, but it doesn't otherwise seem too likely.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
For mild thematic elements.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • AL GORE appears as himself, a former politician who wants to raise awareness about global warming.
  • CAST, CREW, & TECHNICAL INFO

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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    Here's a brief summary of the content found in this PG-rated documentary. Profanity consists of one minor expletive, while an old painting shows a not entirely realistic view of a warrior's genitals. The thematic issue of global warming (and the possible dire consequences of it) is the main subject matter, while footage from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina shows sheets covering dead bodies as well as one body floating face down in the water, and a computer animated bit depicts a polar bear being unable to get on any ice (to avoid drowning, which is not seen).

    Gore talks about losing his sister to lung cancer (with some related tobacco related footage) and nearly losing his young son, while brief alcohol and drug related jokes are made. Depending on one's political and/or scientific viewpoints, some viewers might not like the material here presented as undisputed fact, while others may find bad attitudes elsewhere depicted in the film. Finally, a brief cartoon shows non-human but anthropomorphized cartoon figures beating up another representing sunshine (as part of a point depicting the greenhouse effect).

    Should you still be concerned about the film's appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home, you may want to look more closely at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.

    For those prone to visually induced motion sickness, there's a great deal of handheld camerawork in the film.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • About a former classmate of his that asked about the super-continent of Pangaea, Gore jokes that the kid is now a drug addict.
  • A cartoon depicts dealing with global warming by putting a huge ice cube into the ocean, stating that it's just like doing the same for a drink. A girl in the cartoon then says it would be just like her daddy every morning, adding that he then gets mad after doing so.
  • Gore talks of "drunken trees" (that are leaning into one another) but the jokes that it's not from alcohol consumption.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • There's talk of Hurricane Katrina and we see views of flooding as well as that of sheet-covered bodies and one body floating face-down in the water (beyond being dead, there's no associated goriness).
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • Depending on one's political and/or scientific viewpoints, some viewers might not like the material here presented as undisputed fact. On the flip side, there's brief footage of various politicians, including Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Senator James Inhofe debunking global warming, with the latter saying it's the greatest hoax ever put over on man.
  • About a former classmate of his that asked about the super-continent of Pangaea, Gore jokes that the kid is now a drug addict and that the teacher that debunked that theory is now scientific advisor for the current presidential administration.
  • Gore's comments about contemporary scientists being persecuted, silenced or edited regarding their global warming findings (saying the facts they saw lead to an inconvenient truth).
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • The following might be disturbing to some viewers:
  • There's talk of 35,000 dead people in Europe from a recent heat wave.
  • There's talk of Hurricane Katrina and we see views of flooding as well as that of sheet-covered bodies and one body floating face-down in the water.
  • There's talk of polar bears drowning from having to swim so far to try to find ice (and we see a computer-generated polar bear trying to get onto small pieces of ice that break apart during the attempts -- but we don't see any drowning).
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • About his childhood home, Gore states he could shoot his rifle there.
  • We see photos of spears, rifles and machine guns as well as footage of a nuclear explosion during a point that's being made.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • The film might entice some kids to get involved in dealing with the issue of global warming (on either side of the debate).
  • JUMP SCENES
  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • None.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • None.
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 1 damn.
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • We see a painting of ancient warriors and one shows a not-entirely realistic penis.
  • SMOKING
  • Gore comments that his family used to be in tobacco farming, that his older sister took up smoking in her teens and later died of lung cancer (adding that's one of the ways you don't want to die).
  • We see cigarettes in old manufacturing footage, as well as an old advertisement stating that doctors endorsed cigarettes.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • There's talk by Gore about his 6-year-old son nearly dying in a car accident (we mostly see empty hospital shots during this, followed by a still photo of Gore with his son). He says this is what inspired him to change his outlook on life and wonder how he should spend his time on Earth.
  • Gore comments that his family used to be in tobacco farming, that his older sister took up smoking in her teens and later died of lung cancer (adding that's one of the ways you don't want to die).
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • Global warming and whether it's fact or fiction.
  • Whether the film's information is science, speculation or a combination of both.
  • Whether increased land and sea temperatures as well as an increased frequency and severity of storms is proof-positive of global warming or whether it's just part of Earth's cyclical nature.
  • Mark Twain's quote about "What gets us into trouble is not what we don't know, it's what we know for sure that just ain't so."
  • Gore's claim that this is a moral and not political issue.
  • Gore saying he thought Congress would be startled by his findings, but that they weren't.
  • Gore's comment that what we take for granted might not be here for our children.
  • The talk that tornados and hurricanes have hit record levels of recent.
  • There's talk of Hurricane Katrina and we see views of flooding as well as that of sheet-covered bodies and one body floating face-down in the water.
  • There's a brief bit about the 2000 Presidential election and the contested results.
  • The comment that global warming has caused a simultaneous increase in both flooding and droughts.
  • The talk of the ocean as a climate controlling conveyor belt.
  • There's footage of various politicians, including Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Senator James Inhofe debunking global warming, with the latter saying it's the greatest hoax ever put over on man.
  • Gore's comment that maybe we should prepare for something more than terrorists.
  • The comment of the increasing collision between humankind and the Earth, including from an increasing population and more powerful technology.
  • The comment that the U.S. contributes over 30% of global warming.
  • Gore comments that his family used to be in tobacco farming, that his older sister took up smoking in her teens and later died of lung cancer (adding that's one of the ways you don't want to die).
  • Gore's rebuttal against those who don't believe in global warming, saying they're just a small number of people and that most scientists don't agree with the naysayers.
  • Gore's comments about contemporary scientists being persecuted, silenced or edited regarding their global warming findings (saying the facts they saw lead to an inconvenient truth).
  • Upton Sinclair's quote about "It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it."
  • Gore addressing the argument about making environmental changes costing American jobs.
  • Gore's demonstration about different automobile gas mileage requirements in other countries, and how those in the U.S. are lower than much of the rest of the world.
  • Gore's comment that we already possess the knowledge of how to deal with this issue.
  • The comment that only the U.S. and Australia did not join the Kyoto Protocol.
  • The question of whether we're capable of tackling this issue even if it's difficult.
  • VIOLENCE
  • A cartoon depicts greenhouse gasses as thugs who beat up (by hitting and kicking) a sunbeam (personified as a human type entity).



  • Reviewed May 23, 2006 / Posted June 2, 2006

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