What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this thought-provoking drama doesn’t focus much on the nature of Charles Darwin’s research but instead on the lengthy and overwrought process he undergoes to write his famous book, On the Origin of Species. Characters debate God and religion intensely and are torn apart by grief surrounding a child's death -- themes that might be too weighty for young teens and tweens. There’s also some swearing (mostly words like "bulls--t") and brief scenes of non-sexual nudity.
- Families can talk about why Charles has such a difficult time writing his famous book. What keeps him from working? What haunts him?
- Some people take exception to Darwin’s theory of evolution. Have your kids everencountered a discussion about the differing viewpoints? Ask your kids what theythink and why they believe what they do.
- How does the film address the subjects of faith and religion? Are they depicted as one and the same or different? Is it ever difficult to talk about faith and religion in your family?