What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this mature drama isn't likely to be on most teens' must-see lists. In the same vein as Traffic and Crash, it attempts to capture the complex nature of immigration to America (both legal and illegal), with desperate characters doing desperate things. While the film presents a nuanced, complex look at the issue, it also contains scenes of blunt sexuality (including partial nudity) and brutal violence (intense shootouts and more). There's also lots of strong language ("f--k," racial epithets, and more), drinking, and smoking.
- Families can talk about the movie's central issue of immigration. Why do you think this issue is a hot button in the media?
- How do TV shows and movies typically address the issue of immigration? And why do you thinkso many people break the law to live in America, risking their freedomand/or their lives?
- Do you think the immigration process is easier forCaucasian, English-speaking immigrants than it is for people of color?Why or why not? How hard -- and how necessary -- is it for immigrantsto adapt their cultural values to fit within the American mainstream?