What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know there is fairly regular swearing in this seriocomic sci-fi tale, including one shocked f-word, but maybe even more troubling for young viewers is the strong theme of mortality and sweet old grandparent-like characters (and nice-guy aliens) dying, or going away forever. Much is made of the elderly having sex -- nothing shown, but there's plenty of sex talk and the general vibe of a Viagra commercial. Two other characters "share themselves" with human-alien intimacy, a no-touching, energy-field deal, but clearly orgasmic. An alien disguised as a pretty young earthling is naked from the rear and nude in a pool up to her collarbone. There is a subplot about marital infidelity and some fistfight-scuffling. In all the talk about end-of-life issues, nobody mentions religion atall --there's only one service shown briefly at the end -- but agrandfather's speech to his grandson about "going away" skyward,where nobody ages or dies, is sort of a metaphor.
- Families can talk about the theme of immortality and rejuvenation and the choices the characters make regarding it. What do kids think of Bernie, who rejects the gift because it seems unnatural to him?
- Talk about aging -- a theme still not addressed very plainly in youth-oriented Hollywood, and often couched in fantasy terms like 17 Again and Forever Young. Ask kids if they think about being old and what it might be like.
- Discuss other tales of immortality and "fountains of youth" -- kids may know the violent Highlander series, too-many-to-name vampire dramas, even the Harry Potter novels, that ask how far one would go to live forever.