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American Factory | 2019 | TV-14 | – 1.1.5

content-ratingsWhy is “American Factory” rated TV-14? The TV rating has been assigned for “some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children under 14 years of age.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a brief hug and kiss and a cleavage-revealing outfit; some threatening remarks mostly in jest and scenes of people being fired for voicing support for unionizing; and at least 4 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.”


Documentary about an abandoned GM plant in Dayton, Ohio, filmed between 2015-2017, re-opened by a Chinese billionaire as a glass factory. The initial enthusiasm as many unemployed workers are hired gives way to disillusionment due to cultural differences and demands for longer working hours and overtime without any wage increases. With Cho Tak Wong, Junming ‘Jimmy’ Wang, Robert Allen, Dave Burrows, John Crane, Timi Jernigan, Jill Lamantia and Jeff Daochuan Liu. Directed by Steven Bognar & Julia Reichert. Several lines of dialogue are spoken in Mandarin with English subtitles. [Running Time: 1:55]

American Factory SEX/NUDITY 1

 – A couple hugs and exchanges a quick kiss. A woman wears a T-shirt that reveals slight cleavage and a young woman wears a short mini-skirt.


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American Factory VIOLENCE/GORE 1

 – We briefly see a man’s arm bearing scalding scars, we see a bandaged hand and a photo of what looks stitches on an arm. We see phone pics of people posing with pistols in a backyard and target shooting.
 A man is upset and says he’d like to cut off US Senator Sherrod Brown’s head because of his support of unions (he’s not serious). There are several derogatory ethnic insinuations toward Americans by Chinese factory managers (e.g. “We’re better than them”). A man refers to “bleeding money.” A man jokes about covering workers’ mouths with duct tape and another man seems alarmed.
 A car crashes through wooden supports in a showroom. Factory security escorts a union supporter outside and we hear that workers who supported unionizing had been, or will be, fired.


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American Factory LANGUAGE 5

 – About 4 F-words, 1 “FU,” 1 obscene hand gesture, 4 scatological terms, 2 mild obscenities and a few derogatory references based on ethnicity. | profanity glossary |


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American Factory SUBSTANCE USE

 – We see bottles of wine and other alcoholic drinks on tables during a company party. A woman smokes a cigarette, and a man smokes a cigarette on his balcony.


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American Factory DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Cultural differences, work ethic, capitalism, global business, unions, union busting, nationalism, group weddings.

American Factory MESSAGE

 – American workers are not doing very well due to automation, management demands for more work for less pay and voting down unionizing.

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