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RBG | 2018 | PG | - 1.1.1

Documentary about Ruth Bader Ginsburg's personal life, her education, her legacy as an attorney for the ACLU's Women's Rights Project, and her path to becoming a Supreme Court Justice, told through interviews with Justice Ginsburg, her friends and colleagues and news footage. With Gloria Steinem, Nina Totenberg, Orrin Hatch et al. Directed by Betsy West & Julie Cohen. [1:38]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A husband and his wife hug and he caresses her hair and kisses her on the cheek. A man and woman performing onstage embrace and bring their faces close together but do not kiss.
 A woman discusses going to a college with a higher population of men than women and she says that it was the preferred school to send daughters because "If she couldn't find a man at Cornell, she was hopeless." A man describes first seeing his wife and thinking she was "really cute." A woman says that for a period of time while she was in college she "never had a repeat date." A woman tells an audience about a joke that a friend used to tell that "she can't tell," and the audience laughs, implying an inappropriate or suggestive joke. A man says that "boys can be troublesome... full of hormones."
 A still image is shown with a woman in the background who is wearing a low-cut formal dress that reveals slight cleavage.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 1 - Several scenes of footage from peaceful public protests and demonstrations are shown, with people chanting and marching (no one is attacked or injured).
 There is a discussion of marital rape exemption laws in certain US states (meaning that husbands could not be prosecuted for the rape of their wives). We hear a legal description of women as inferior, weak, dependent, subordinate, and a waste of resources. A woman writes, "All I ask of our brethren is that they take their feet off our necks."
 We hear that a woman's sister and mother died. We hear that a woman died in childbirth from an embolism. We hear that a woman was diagnosed with cancer twice and underwent treatment (she survived). A man tells a story in which his wife playfully "smacked him right in the stomach," and the audience he is addressing laughs. A woman jokes that another woman's husband would come to her work to bring her home for dinner and to sleep, and sometimes she would have to be "physically brought home," implying playful force.


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LANGUAGE 1 - The term "sex" is used frequently referring to gender, 2 mild obscenities, name-calling (witch, evil-doer, monster, vile, zombie, little twerp, bigot, right-wing nutcase).


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SUBSTANCE USE - A woman discusses falling asleep at a public event while she was "not 100% sober."


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Family, family and work balance, cancer, death of loved ones, sexism, racism, equal citizenship, First Amendment rights, Communism and the Red Scare, female reproductive rights, birth control, abortion rights, rape, community activism, elections.

MESSAGE - Real change is fought for and often won in pieces, thanks to the dedication of strong individuals.

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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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