Louder Than a Bomb Movie Poster
  • Released
  • May 18, 2011
  • 1 hr 39 min
  • Documentary
  • 3 Fan Ratings

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Parents need to know that Louder than a Bomb is the name of the country's biggest team poetry slam, a spoken poetry competition in Chicago for high school teams. The documentary, part of Oprah Winfrey's OWN network productions, follows four promising teams as they prepare for and compete in the eighth annual competition in 2008. An inner-city Chicago school had won it the previous year, its first year competing, in a major upset. Their coach struggles to help the teammates believe in themselves, which he considers far more important than winning the competition. The movie conveys the dedication of the coaches and the determination and passion of the talented competitors as they work hard and support each other. Language includes "f--k" and "s--t," and several poems depict illness, shootings, racial prejudice, and other challenges facing urban youth. Just as important are the vocabulary words and widespread literary and historical references the young poets include in their poems. The movie is bursting with role models and inspiration.

  • POSITIVE MESSAGES
  • POSITIVE ROLE MODELS
  • VIOLENCE
  • SEX
  • LANGUAGE
  • CONSUMERISM
  • DRINKING & DRUGS
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