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Steal This Movie

A unique journey into the life of activist and radical Abbie Hoffman, as he battles for social justice and travels through the maze of music and politics that defined the late sixties.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 15
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
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2 out of 5

Abbie Hoffman biopic is unsatisfying.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie may be very confusing for anyone who does not remember the 1960s, and teens who want to see it may need some background. The movie has strong language, fairly mild sexual references and situations (including adultery), permissive drug use, and illegal activity by both protesters and the government.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about what their older members were doing during this period and how they felt about Hoffman's activities.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Very entertaining film based on a true story. Well worth stealing!

- Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rotten: A committed cast but an awkward script and no budget for production niceties.

- Bob Graham, San Francisco Chronicle, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Rotten: Bruce Graham's screenplay ... reduces any of the issues involved to slogans like, 'The personal is political.'

- Charles Taylor,, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews

5 stars

D'onofrio is absolutely fantastic in this role (he is in most). A movie that gets better every time you watch it.

- uneedzsazsazsu, Friday, January 25, 2008

5 stars

trully a fabulous film. a warrior for justice and peace filled with the love of his country, but attacked by the same he loves. america was against him and he still made a difference! hippys are kool and all but this movie takes the scene to a whole nother level, political activists. best activist movie ever!

- dooritor, Tuesday, January 2, 2007

4 stars

Good movie based on the life of Abbie Hoffman. Most of it is told in flashbacks. A journalist is writing a piece on Abbie Hoffman, and through interviews with him, his wife, friends and lawyers we see what happened to make Abbie go "underground"...which is where he is at the beginning of the film. This covers the time from his first arrest, to his coming out of the underground. Vincent D'Onofrio does a great job as the man himself, and Janeane Garofalo is wonderful as his wife Anita.

- itsjustme2004, Friday, January 21, 2011