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Fahrenheit 11/9 | 2018 | R | – 2.5.6

Why is “Fahrenheit 11/9” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “language and some disturbing material/images.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes strong implications of incestual and underage sexual attraction, scenes from WWII, school shootings, and about 17 F-words. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.”


Director Michael Moore takes an uncompromising look at the current landscape of American politics, including the handling of the Flint, Michigan water contamination, gun violence and the stagnation of political power in Washington. Features Michael Moore, David Hogg, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Richard Ojeda and Donald J. Trump. [Running Time: 2:08]

Fahrenheit 11/9 SEX/NUDITY 2

 – President Donald J. Trump makes references to his daughter Ivanka in sexual terms, he describes her body and we see her seated on his lap in many photos and at different ages, a woman’s voice is heard saying that when she met Trump he said, “You look like my daughter,” and Trump and his daughter are shown kissing on the cheeks in several photos and he is shown touching her clothed hips in a video. Trump talks about contestants — and contestants talk about him walking into the dressing room at a beauty pageant when they were in various stages of undress.
 Five men are shown on the screen accompanied by the moniker “Sexual Predator” along with a list of the number of women they were accused of abusing.
 A photo of a woman wearing a low-cut dress reveals cleavage.


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Fahrenheit 11/9 VIOLENCE/GORE 5

 - We hear rapid gunfire in a video of the Parkland Florida school shooting and hear people screaming and we see a body on the floor in a pool of blood. We see a video of a high school boy preparing to arm himself and go to his school and kill people; he says, "People will die."
 We see a car speed into a group of people in Charlottesville; we see people thrown and land hard on the ground. We hear air raid sirens and see videos of people in Hawaii as they get emergency announcements of a ballistic missile threat. We hear reports of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
 We hear about the Flint, Michigan water contamination and the fact that the situation was caused by decisions made by Governor Rick Snyder; we hear about Snyder giving tax breaks to businesses and appointing emergency managers to replace elected officials in several cities and we hear that he diverted fresh water to a GM plant because the contaminated water was corroding the auto parts in the plant, but did not divert clean water to surrounding communities Decisions made about the Flint, Michigan water supply are referred to as "ethnic cleansing."
 People are videoed being aggressive and violent to other people that they have determined to be immigrants; there is shoving, scuffling and name-calling. Several Donald J. Trump rallies are shown where he calls out for people in the audience to be "thrown out" of the room; we see people being dragged by security personnel and some of the other audience members hit them and yell at them as they go and we see one man elbowed in the face by another as he leaves an arena (no blood is shown). Twelve women that interrupt Donald J. Trump during a rally are grabbed and pulled out of the room; one woman asks if he has read the Constitution. A reporter is forced out of a press conference with Donald J. Trump.
 A video shows a Nazi soldier shove a small child away from its mother in a concentration camp and he kicks the woman in the back as he forces her to join a group of other adults.
 We hear that the lead ingested by people from the water supply in Flint, Michigan is irreversible and will cause learning difficulties, negatively affects IQ, causes impulse disorders and changes human DNA. A woman working with the Flint, Michigan testing process for lead contamination reports that she was asked to change the numbers on the results from high results to normal and we hear that 10,2.5.6 children have been affected by led contamination. We hear that many people started dying of Legionnaires' disease after the water contamination in Flint and we hear that a woman died after drinking the water in the Flint hospital. Former President Barrack Obama is shown at a town hall meeting in Flint, Michigan and he asks for a glass of water; people gasp when he drinks from the glass and he does the same thing later during a press conference.
 A young woman reads off the names of her Parkland classmates that were murdered by a school shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and lists the things that they will never get to do again.
 We see military helicopters flying over Flint, Michigan, we hear and see explosions in buildings and gunfire reports and we hear that the area is being used for military exercises without notifying the community. We see photos and videos of people with guns; one video shows a man with a young boy and they shoot a half-mannequin until it falls over and the man says, "He's bleeding now." A man in flames is shown running through a street (it is a staged scene).
 We hear that school teachers' salaries are so low that they qualify for food stamps in West Virginia. We see teachers on strike in many states around the country where they ask for a pay increase and improved health benefits. We hear that teachers in West Virginia were forced to buy Fitbits and report their physical activity before they could get health insurance.
 Director Michael Moore holding handcuffs enters a government building in Michigan and tells security that he is there to make a citizen's arrest of the governor (the governor is not in). Michael Moore drives a truck with "Flint Water" painted on the side to the governor's mansion and uses a fire hose to spray water on the property.
 A list of polling results are shown that indicate that most regular America voters support marijuana legalization, same sex marriage, breast feeding in public places, environmental protection regulations, universal health care, etc.
 WWII scenes show the German Parliament building (the Reichstag) engulfed in flames in 1933 and we hear that the building was set on fire and liberals were vanquished; we also hear that a German football team was suspended for a year when the players would not perform the Nazi salute. We see newsreel footage of Adolf Hitler speaking to a large crowd of German people with a voiceover of Donald J. Trump's voice.
 A commentator says, "Dismiss him at your own peril." Donald J. Trump says, "The American dream is dead." A woman says, "Profit reigns supreme." A voiceover refers to the containers the Electoral College election results as "baby coffins."
 A newspaper ad is shown that reads, "Bring back the death penalty," and is attributed to Donald J. Trump at the time of the Central Park 5 case in 1980's New York. A sign painted on a wall reads, "Make America White Again" and it is accompanied by a swastika. People are shown grieving during an election night.
 We see a wax statue of Donald J. Trump being made, carved, dressed, and the eyeballs are shown in a box; hair is shown being attached using a long pin that is pressed into the wax.
 We see brown water coming from a water faucet in a home in Flint, Michigan. People are shown with sores and rashes on their skin and we hear that their hair was falling out.


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Fahrenheit 11/9 LANGUAGE 6

 - About 17 F-word and its derivatives, 3 obscene hand gesture, 13 scatological terms, 2 anatomical terms, 4 mild obscenities, 3 derogatory terms for African-American people, 1 derogatory term for Hispanic people, 1 derogatory term for Chinese people, 1 derogatory term for gay people, name-calling (rapists, drug dealers, red necks, slave states, fascist, sleazy, dishonest, ineffective dweebs, skinhead lesbian, feisty crowd, disgusting, criminals, cash cow, liar, malignant narcissist, grubby paws, sicko, idiot, racist, autocrat, dictator, fake news, enemy), 9 religious exclamations (Oh My God, God Bless You, Holy [scatological term deleted]). | profanity glossary |


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Fahrenheit 11/9 SUBSTANCE USE

 - People are shown in photos smoking marijuana and we see poll results that a majority of Americans support marijuana legalization. Several people are shown holding and drinking from alcoholic beverages at an election returns gathering.


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Fahrenheit 11/9 DISCUSSION TOPICS

 - The 2016 presidential election, political corruption, Russians, James Comey, Vladimir Putin, Donald J. Trump, Hillary Clinton, democracy, Adolf Hitler, Nazism, Fascism, Socialism, authoritarianism, autocracy, gun violence, greed, socialized medicine, misogyny, racism, treason, compromise, labor unions, the popular vote vs. the Electoral College, mass incarceration, bank deregulation, Occupy Wall Street, same sex marriage, the liberal establishment, ethnic cleansing, the American dream, injustice, poverty, imprisoning whistleblowers, terrorism, deportation of undocumented immigrants, free press, anti-Semitism, the Nuremberg trials, nuclear war, the Patriot Act, banking regulations, despotism, self-serving politicians.

Fahrenheit 11/9 MESSAGE

 - Better get out and vote to bring about change. Political indifference is disastrous.

CAVEATS

Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.



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