What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this brooding, play-based drama isn't for kids. It tackles questions about God, faith, and evil in a way that will most likely be either uninteresting or too complex for young audiences. Though children are in the cast, the movie's themes are mature -- particularly the question of whether or not a priest has abused a child and how doubt about what happened undoes three main characters. Another storyline examines the patriarchal nature of the Catholic church, despite its dependence on the good works of its (female) nuns. Though there's little swearing, violence, or drinking, the movie isn't meant for kids (and isn't particularly likely to interest them, either).
- Families can talk about the movie's messages. What is it saying about religion? The Catholic church in particular?
- Why do Sister Aloysius and Father Flynn clash? Who's right, and who'swrong? And what of doubt? Do you think Father Flynn is guilty orinnocent?
- Whatcharacteristics do movies based on plays tend to have in common? Do plays always makegood movies? Why or why not?