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The Green Life: Movie Review Friday: The Age of Stupid

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May 15, 2009

Movie Review Friday: The Age of Stupid

Escape to the movies with one of our Movie Review Friday selections. Each week we review a film with an environmental theme that’s currently in theaters or available on DVD. Seen a good eco-flick lately? Send us a short review and look for it in the next Movie Review Friday.

The Age of Stupid (2009)
Coming to U.S. theaters in September; until then, limited screenings are available in larger cities.

Did you know that we are living in the Age of Stupid? Well, we could be, but a new film by Franny Armstrong shows us what we need to do avoid that label. It’s a movie with a dramatic twist that stars Oscar-nominated actor Pete Postlethwaite.

In it, the last human on Earth looks back from 2055 at how we blew our chance to address climate change. True stories illustrate how little time we have to act to prevent disaster; they’re about an 82-year-old Alpine guide, an Indian airline entrepreneur, a Shell employee who lost his home in Hurricane Katrina, a medical student from the Niger Delta, two young Iraqi refugees, and an English wind-farm developer.

The Age of Stupid is a compelling feature with high production values that moves the environmental-film genre well beyond the PowerPoint presentation.

--Rod Funk

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