What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Arthur Newman is an interesting but flawed film about a man who abandons his old life for a new identity, leaving behind a child. Despite some moments of levity, it's fairly somber, and the subject matter may be a little bleak for young teens and tweens. Still, the movie offers an interesting meditation on regrets and what we can make of them. Expect some scenes showing a couple in intimate poses and various states of undress (though no outright nudity), swearing ("s--t," "f--k," and more), some drinking and drug use (primarily weed), and a character who contemplates suicide.
- Families can talk about Arthur Newman's messages. What do you think the intended takeaway is? How does the movie want viewers to feel at the end?
- Discuss the characters and their choices. Are they believable/understandable? What do the characters learn?
- How does the movie portray drinking, drug use, and sexuality?