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"THE 11th HOUR"
(2007) (Documentary) (PG)

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


QUICK TAKE:
Documentary: Framed by segment introductions by Leonardo DiCaprio (who also produced the film), a series of talking heads -- philosophers, activists, scientists, and designers -- describe the history and effects of global warning, as well as some suggestions for changing course.
PLOT:
Leonardo DiCaprio introduces questions within and possible answers to the continuing puzzle of global warming. Announcing in its title the premise that we are living during the last time for taking action to stop or even reverse the effects, the film examines past and current events, noting but not focusing on corporate and political arguments that human activity is not responsible for the crisis. The film features passionate presentations by a broad range of speakers, including Soviet Prime Minister Mikhail Gorbachev, Stephen Hawking, and former head of the CIA R. James Woolsey, and others, illustrating their arguments with archival news footage and charts.
WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're fans of Leo, maybe, but the film is comprised almost wholly of talking heads, concerning science, philosophy, and conservation.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
For some mild disturbing images and thematic elements.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • Leonardo DiCaprio narrates and introduces segments, setting up various themes and questions about what one can do to conserve energy. Everyone else also appears as themselves, discussing this issue.
  • CAST, CREW, & TECHNICAL INFO

    HOW OTHERS RATED THIS MOVIE


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    (Note: The "Our Take" review of this title examines the film's artistic merits and does not take into account any of the possibly objectionable material listed below).


    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    The following is a brief summary of the content found in this PG-rated documentary on global warming. It features occasional and very brief images of disasters, including floods, wildfires, earthquakes, and people fainting during heat waves, as well as a split-second view of a baby seal being clubbed. Those sensitive to such material and sights might be unsettled by such material and visuals. Beyond that, various thematic issues about global warming are present.

    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.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • None.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • Some unidentified figures appear during times of devastation, for instance, flooding caused by Hurricane Katrina. These figures look disheveled and sometimes may be bloodied as well as drenched and disoriented by their injuries.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • There's a split-second view of a baby seal being clubbed.
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • No scenes are emotionally engaging so as to be frightening, but the brief footage of natural disasters might disturb some viewers. These include floods, wildfires, earthquakes, and people fainting during heat waves, along with shots from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina (people walking in water, houses and vehicles wrecked, etc.).
  • There's a split-second view of a baby seal being clubbed.
  • There's a montage of violent nature including flames, smoke, chaos, bugs scuttling, men in hazmat suits, flooding and mud, deer and chickens running, protestors with placards, trees on fire, fish and crops looking dilapidated, etc.
  • A montage shows "failed and failing states" (protestors, people impoverished).
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • A montage shows troops marching, not fighting, but holding guns.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • The film could inspire kids to get involved with the global warming issue.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • A mild amount of tense or sad music occurs in the film, accompanying shots of seals and penguins or other animals struggling to survive, as well as the effects of floods, wildfires, earthquakes, and heat waves.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • None.
  • PROFANITY
  • None.
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • None.
  • SMOKING
  • None.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • A couple of children appear in close-up, saddened or afraid while facing disaster or starvation.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • The effects of global warming, and how much human activity affects it.
  • Whether the film's information is science, speculation or a combination of both.
  • Whether oil might be replaced by other energy sources.
  • The effectiveness of recycling.
  • The relationship between abuse of the environment and human diseases, like cancer or asthma.
  • The relationship between consumer culture -- especially shopping -- and effects on the environment.
  • The relationship between environment and "national security," according to James Woolsey (who cites economic refugees as a threat).
  • VIOLENCE
  • There's a split-second view of a baby seal being clubbed.



  • Reviewed August 16, 2007 / Posted August 24, 2007

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