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Bowling for Columbine

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Source: Catholic News Service

Specious documentary in which producer-writer-director-interviewer Michael Moore uses guerrilla video journalism techniques to ridicule and blame the National Rifle Association and an American mindset for the Columbine High School massacre and other shootings. Although his film is thought-provoking, Moore tosses in a racially charged minicartoon and a grab bag of unrelated facts and opinions to build his case. Recurring rough language and some intense images in video and newsreel clips. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.

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