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Still shot from the movie: S1M0NE (Simone).

S1M0NE (Simone)

With technology just beginning to dip its toes into the lake of virtual talent, screenwriter Andrew Niccol plunges into the idea of constructing the perfect digital movie star. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: A-
Violence: B
Sexual Content: B-
Language: B-
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Run Time: 117
Theater Release: 23 Aug 2002
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MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Simone’s thought provoking points relating to our acceptance of media and the effect it has upon us could be a discussion starter for your family. Some suggested questions are:

  • How can we be certain we are viewing reality and not a “creation?” What defines “real?” For example, are airbrushed models in magazines real?

  • How do celebrities alter our perception of reality? How can they diminish our ability to accept our imperfections?

  • This movie is somewhat cynical in depicting how celebrities endorse certain popular causes. Do you think some organizations, political groups, or diseases receive undue attention as a result of celebrity endorsements? Can you think of any that are overlooked?

  • Assuming we had the technology to create a “Simone,” what would the consequences be? What could a virtual celebrity/actress/model do that a real one may not? How important is “personality” in a celebrity?

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