What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this affecting drama starring High School Musical heartthrob Zac Efron tackles themes that may be too heavy for his legions of tween fans. His character is tortured with survivor's guilt over the death of his younger brother, which happens in a terrible car accident (some blood is shown). While there are other intense scenes of despair and sadness, there’s also hope and a strong message about leaving tragedy behind in favor of joy. Expect some swearing (including "s--t"), the suggestion of underage drinking (though none is shown), and some kissing and discussion of "getting laid."
- Families can talk about what audience the movie is intended to appeal to. Is it meant for Efron's younger fans? Do stars who are popular with younger kids have an obligation to make media that's appropriate for them?
- What role does alcohol play in the movie's central tragedy? What are the real-life consequences of drinking?
- Why is Charlie consumed by guilt? Can you keep the memory of a deceasedloved one alive without getting lost in death? How does the movie handle this topic?
- Do you believe in second chances? Why?