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An Inconvenient Truth | 2006 | PG | - 0.3.1

A documentary film about former Vice President Al Gore's travels around the world, in order to present the scientific consensus on the issue of global warming and the argument that devastating results will result from inaction. Directed by Davis Guggenheim. [1:40]

SEX/NUDITY 0 - A young woman in an audience wears a low-cut top that reveals cleavage.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - We see footage of the aftereffects of hurricane Katrina in New Orleans: a dead body floats in water, buildings have been swept away by flooding water, people wade through water to find dry land, and we hear a man's voice describing the devastation.
 We see an animated sunbeam character being beaten up by several thuggish greenhouse gas characters.
 An animated sequence demonstrates the devastating effect the melting glaciers will have on the polar bear population and other species; we hear that polar bears have already been found dead after having drowned.
 An animated map illustrates the effects melting glaciers will have on land and how much of it will likely be covered by water if the melting continues. Many clips are shown illustrating the glacier melts, and a clip shows an ice shelf splitting in half.
 We hear that Al Gore's sister smoked all of her life and died of lung cancer, and we hear that Al Gore's six-year-old son was nearly killed when struck by a car (we see a photo of the boy in a hospital bed).


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LANGUAGE 1 - 1 mild obscenity, 1 exclamation (doggone).


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SUBSTANCE USE - None.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Global warming, CO2 emissions, science, scientific evidence, misinterpretation of scientific facts, fraud, water shortages, drought, Clean Air Act, pollution, environmental movement, death of a sibling, tobacco farming, surgeon general's report on the dangers of smoking, taking things for granted, lung cancer, global weather changes, being prepared for disasters, making mistakes and learning from them, defeat, disappointment, moral imperatives, political will, hurricane Katrina, family.

MESSAGE - Addressing global warming is not a political but a moral issue.

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