What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie has extremely mature material. Characters drink, smoke cigarettes and marijuana, and take LSD, including a teenager who gives his young brother LSD and a mother who smokes marijuana with her son. A character is killed in an accident, and other characters die offscreen. Characters use extremely strong language and there are explicit and graphic sexual references and situations, both heterosexual and homosexual. There are tense and sad scenes.
- Families can talk about how people in this movie have a hard time knowing who they are. Why does Bobby say "we are all beautiful and lonely here?" Claire says, "What if I'm not this unusual?" Jonathan offers to switch places in his family with Bobby. Claire tells Bobby that he doesn't look like himself and might be living someone else's life. What do they need to know to feel "like themselves?" How do we respond to a "big, beautiful, messy world?" Families can compare the families we are born into to the families we create for ourselves.