What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Domestic Disturbance is a 2001 thriller about a stepfather who is not the good citizen he appears to be. This stepfather is both physically and verbally abusive to his new stepson. This movie also addresses issues of alcoholism and divorce; the 12-year-old stepson is accused by everyone in the town of being a compulsive liar who wants attention in the aftermath of his parents' divorce. Characters are stabbed to death, electrocuted, and attacked with baseball bats. There is frequent profanity, including "f--k." One of the characters sleeps with a prostitute.
- Families can talk about how issues of alcoholism and divorce are addressed. Were these topics handled realistically? Why or why not?
- What similarities and differences do you see between this film and other suspenseful movies?
- How was violence used in this film? Was it necessary for the story or did it seem gratuitous?