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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Classics-loving teens will appreciate family melodrama.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the characters in this movie lie to each other and keep secrets from each other. One of the characters is an alcoholic.

  • Families can talk about the lies that the characters tell each other. Why does Maggie compare herself to a cat on a hot tin roof? What is the roof, and what makes it hot? Why won't Brick agree to get Maggie pregnant? Who is he mad at? Why? Why does Brick have such contempt for himself? What does Skipper's death have to do with it? What makes Brick change his mind?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Treatment of women typical of the period

What to watch for
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    Violence: Emotional violence.

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    Sex: Much of the plot revolves around Maggie's attempts to get Brick to sleep with her so she can get pregnant. Reference to infidelity.

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    Language: Mild.

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    Consumerism: Not applicable

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Brick has a drinking problem.