What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Beasts of the Southern Wild is a heart-wrenching fable that's so unique that it's hard to classify. It's a drama about an alcoholic father who means well but has few tools to convey his love to his spitfire 6-year-old daughter. It's a celebration of quirky friendships and the power of the imagination. It's an indictment of the deep divide that separates the rich and the poor. And much more. Expect some swearing; kids and adults both say the word "p---y." There's also lots of drinking, brutal depictions of abject poverty, an adult striking a child, and discussion about the death of a parent.
- Families can talk about how Beasts of the Southern Wild depicts drinking. Are there realistic consequences?
- What is the movie saying about fathers and their daughters and the ties that bind them? Is Wink a flawed father?
- Parents, talk to your kids about Hurricane Katrina: Who suffered most in the end? How does this movie reference the social issues that the hurricane brought to light?
- How does Hushpuppy cope with the difficulties in her life? Is she aware of them? How does she compare to other movie girls?