I also watched Food Inc. with my boyfriend. His 12 year old kid came in to watch it, fell asleep, and then she started to have a nightmare. She had already followed me into vegetarianism yet it was her first cruelty doc she’d seen. I don’t think I’d let her watch Earthlings though, that’s a little too graphic.
As for my man, he’s seen and heard most of the things I’ve shared with him for the past year and while he does slip up once in a while (he doesn’t claim he’s veg though) he eats mostly what I eat. I believe everyone should see Food Inc. Play it in theaters for free once in a while.
If I remember correctly, Food Inc. wasn’t as bad as Earthlings. Also, Earthlings touches on basically everything that involves animal cruelty and not just the meat industry. You guys should watch that one too; You can see it for free on their website.