Fahrenheit 9/11

MPAA Rating: R

Entertainment: +1

Content: -2

In Fahrenheit 9/11: The Temperature Where Freedom Burns!, controversial, liberal filmmaker Michael Moore takes viewers from the contested 2000 presidential election, through the attacks in New York City and Washington D.C., and on to the War on Terrorism and the turmoil in Iraq. Mr. Moore asserts that President Bushs agenda has not been in the best interest of America but rather has benefited his cronies who stand to make a great deal of money from oil and wartime instability. The attack on the Twin Towers and the subsequent implementation of the Homeland Security Act are all designed, according to this movie, to increase fear and to decrease the freedom of Americans. Fahrenheit 9/11 makes some harsh accusations some based on fact, some on perception and some on flagrant untruths that will likely raise the temperature of the 2004 presidential election and may influence voting Americans.

Fahrenheit 9/11 is not a documentary as much as a propaganda piece designed to undermine the leadership of a sitting president. The film is also not investigative journalism and may lose credibility due to its one-sided, biased attack. Michael Moore admits that this movie is based on his own political persuasion and uses his talents as a film producer to sway an audience by using only the parts of the story that support his views. The gruesome images of war (pictures of dead Iraqi children, burned bodies of American soldiers being dragged through Iraqi streets, etc.), the imbalanced portrayal of President Bush, how 9/11 has affected our nation all of these are presented as bleak and hopeless. Mr. Moore has stated that teenagers should see the film, even though it has an R rating, and has implored them to get into the theaters by any means possible even if they have to sneak in. Anyone who thinks critically and has discernment will likely choose to sneak out of this one. The graphic war images and bad language earn it a negative Acceptability Rating.

Preview Reviewer: Brian Hughes
Lions Gate/IFC

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Several (7) times mild (hell 2, damn 2); moderate (b-stard 1); strong (a-hole 2)

Obscene Language: Several (6) times moderate (screw 1); strong (mother f-word 4, d-ck 1)

Profanity: Many (28) times moderate (OG 22, OL 1, G 5)

Violence: Many times mild (protests, destruction of personal and public property); moderate (wartime fighting, shooting, dead people in body bags, bombs blowing up buildings and vehicles, knives held to peoples throats); strong (bloody and amputated limbs, severe skull and body injuries due to bombings, talk about finding pleasure in killing, burned bodies being dragged through the street and stomped on, talk about the tragedy of war)

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: Several times mild (drinking beer and wine, cigar smoking); strong (someone smoking a pipe with an illegal substance in it)

Other: Politicized propaganda presented as factual and spun in order to draw biased and at times foolish conclusions, a great deal of hate-based character assassination of a sitting U.S. president, appropriate use of a deitys name (calling to Jesus sincerely, prayers to Allah)

Running Time: 112 minutes
Intended Audience: Adults

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