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Movie Review: Dr. Bronner's Magic Soapbox

Alternate Title: One Nation Under Soap

Story: Quirky is an understatement for this intriguing documentary by director and writer Sara Lamm about Dr. Emanual Bronner. With a broad and colorful palette she covers his philosophy of life, his family and his Pure-Castile Soap. Dr. Bronner (1908 -1997) - A Life Dedicated to God, Mankind and Spaceship Earth (really).

Bronner emigrated to the US from Germany in 1929. He was a third generation master soap maker from Heilbronn, Germany. Most of his family died in the Holocaust. He started his company in California with a product he thought could change the world and a philosophy that needed to be shared. From his lectures, to a time in an insane asylum to a cultural icon of the 1960's his message was spread far and near.

The film focus' on his remaining son Ralph, who preaches his father's lifestyle to anyone who will listen. He shares random acts of kindess and generosity as he travels the land. The company is run today by Bronner's grandchildren who have devoted themselves to his philosophy.

The company's philopshy can be found on their website. Check out the Dr Bronner website here: http://www.drbronner.com/index.html

Here is a website devoted to Dr. Bronner's wisdom and quotes. Click on the 'clicker' and get many quotes from the Pope of Soap. http://iconocla.st/dr.bronner/

I admit that I was not familiar with Dr. Bronner's product but did buy a large bottle at Trader Joe's yesterdy and can't wait to get that clean mind, body and spirit thing going.

Acting: It is a documentary - not applicable.

Predilection: I tend to like quirky topics on film.

Critters: Cats and dogs.

Blatant Product Placement: Why Dr. Bronner's of course.

Soundtrack: Funny

Theater Audience: My movie buddy (who is a fan of Dr. Bronner's products), me and one other guy.

Quirky Meter: 3

Squirm Scale: 0

Drift Factor: I did not drift at all.

Predictability Level: I hadn't a clue as to what was going to happen.

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No

Big Screen or Rental: I doubt that this film will be playing Nationwide so rental might be your best bet .

Length: 90 minutes