Synopsis by Betsy Boyd
Free to Be a Family is a video about the importance of communication and the bond people share simply because they are people. Marlo Thomas, the program's host, wants to get a message across: kids share the same issues no matter where they live. In the English language video, Russian kids communicate with American children via satellite, discussing their lives at school and home, peer pressures, hopes, and dreams. They soon realize that they have a lot in common. Thomas' thoughtful commentary on the subject adds a certain depth to the documentary. As an added bonus, the actress assembles an all-star cast to discuss the issues at hand. Guests include Jon Bon Jovi, Penn and Teller, Carly Simon, Lily Tomlin, and Robin Williams. This video is intended for the entire family.