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Red Penguins

Red Penguins
Red Penguins
Red Penguins
  • PG-13
  • 1h 20m
  • 2019
Certified Fresh96%
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Detailing an incredible true story involving gangsters, strippers, and live bears serving beer on a hockey rink, Red Penguins tells the wild forgotten true story of capitalism and opportunism run amok in Moscow. Shortly after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the famed Red Army hockey team formed a joint venture that redefined what was possible in the new Russia. Eccentric marketing whiz, Steve Warshaw, is sent to Moscow and tasked to transform the team into the greatest show in Russia, attracting some of the biggest names in Hollywood and advertising along the way. He takes the viewer on a bizarre journey highlighting a pivotal moment in U.S.-Russian relations during a lawless era when oligarchs made their fortunes and multiple murders went unsolved.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh96%
Critics Consensus: Sports and politics collide in Red Penguins, a fascinating documentary exploring the stranger-than-fiction story of professional hockey in post-Soviet Russia.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Entertaining, fascinating sports doc has violence, language.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Red Penguins is an entertaining and educational documentary about the opportunities, challenges, and dangers of doing business in Russia in the 1990s. While there's plenty to learn about the political and social situation that followed the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the documentary also includes potentially upsetting stories and images, including some graphic, about mafia hits, drunken behavior, and criminal activity. Archive footage shows chaos and violence erupting on the streets of Moscow. People affiliated with the interviewees are said to be killed by the mafia, and the main subject of the documentary has to leave Russia when he finds out there could be a bounty on his head. A live interview is shut down when the documentary's director is intimidated by approaching police on the streets of Moscow. Women and men both are seen partially naked or scantily clad, a sketch of a penis is included in the end credits, and there's talk of strip clubs and sexual favors. Language includes "s--t-faced," "hell," "bastard," "ass," "a--hole," and "Jesus." A range of brands and products are displayed and/or discussed, often as sponsors or advertisers of hockey teams.

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The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Documentary
  • Release Date:August 4, 2020
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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