Pause for kids 16 & under
Magnificent, macabre thriller too intense for young teens.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this dark gothic thriller centers on a dancer (played by Natalie Portman) who's so obsessed with perfection that she's obliterated by it. Her pursuit is tragic, filled with self-mutilation and fear -- all of it intense material that may prove too much for younger viewers. Expect many disturbing scenes of mental and physical anguish, some violent fights, and a character who hurts herself and purges -- perhaps in response to the pressures she puts herself under. There's also some swearing (including "f--k" and "s--t"), pill-popping, and a few graphic, sexually-charged scenes (including one with bare breasts and another featuring two women).
- Families can talk about the messages the movie sends about committing yourself to something. When is focusing on one passion/talent/dream healthy, and when does it go too far?
- Do the consequences of the characters' behavior in this movie seem realistic? Have you ever seen anything similar happen to anyone you know?
- Is Nina's relationship to ballet healthy? Does the film unmask anything about the world of ballet?