What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Before Midnight is a smart, talky, insightful dramedy that extends the love story of Jesse (Ethan Hawke) and Celine (Julie Delpy), the couple who first met and fell in love in Before Sunrise and got reacquainted in Before Sunset. This latest installment is an unflinching look at the complications of a relationship between two very complicated people -- including how to negotiate gender roles when children arrive -- and as such, may not be especially relatable for teens, though their parents will probably find much that rings true. Expect some social drinking and cigarette smoking, swearing (including "f--k" and "c--t"), and a scene in which a woman's breasts are displayed for an extended period of time.
- Families can talk about whether Before Midnight is a worthy third chapter to Jesse and Celine's love story. What makes these characters so compelling? How are they different from the typical leads in most studio romantic comedies?
- What is the movie saying about relationships, parenthood, and careers and how all three fit in a person's life?
- What can you learn from both Jesse and Celine? How is their relationship admirable and/or maddening?
- Celine talks about how men and women face different hurdles when it comes to juggling work and parenting -- do you agree?