Story

An Inconvenient Truth is a compelling, persuasive and informative documentary that discusses the effects of global warming on the environment. The information is presented in lecture format by former American presidential candidate Al Gore, accompanied by graphical representations of alarming statistical data, animations, and before and after photographs of glacier and polar ice erosion.

The film also contains footage of what drove Gore to dedicate himself to the issue of global warming including scenes from his childhood, the death of his sister from cancer, and an accident that nearly claimed the life of his son.

Themes

Global warming; personal loss and hardship; manipulation by government and business interests

Violence

This movie contains the following violent scenes:

  • a scene of abstract violence in which cartoon images representing carbon dioxide attack and kill cartoon images of sun rays
  • a Simpsons-like cartoon in which a young girl refers to her father becoming intoxicated and abusive.

Content that may disturb children

Under 8

The violent scenes are abstract and subtle and are unlikely to scare or disturb younger children. However, the film contains a number of real-life graphic images which young children could find disturbing, including the following:

  • dead bodies floating in flood waters
  • a man crying over the body of his dead wife
  • the after-effects of Hurricane Katrina in 2005: cars covered by mudslides, people walking waist deep in floodwaters and a baby in a washtub floating in floodwaters
  • an atom bomb exploding.

From 8-13

Many children in this age group could still be quite concerned by the threats and potential dangers portrayed in this movie.

Over 13

In this age group, children will be better able to cope with real-life images of disasters and catastrophes presented in the film, although many will still be concerned.

Sexual references

None

Alcohol, drugs and other substances

A jokey reference is made to an old school friend becoming a drug addict.

Nudity and sexual activity

None

Product placement

Al Gore uses an Apple laptop computer.

Coarse language 

None

Ideas to discuss with your children

An Inconvenient Truth is a powerful, entertaining and informative documentary. The message is that if nothing is done in the next ten years, earth will slide into a path towards the destruction of our civilisation and most species on the planet. This movie gives parents the opportunity to discuss with their children the issue of global warming and what can be done at home and in the wider community to address the issue.