Pause for kids 16 & under
Smart, poignant dramedy puts alcoholism front and center.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this moving drama, based on a short story by Raymond Carver, is far from the usual broad comedies that star Will Ferrell is known for. Though inflected with humor, it's a serious and sobering (no pun intended) movie about a man slipping over the brink of life -- giving in to his alcoholism and losing his marriage and all his belongings. There's some swearing (including "s--t" and "f--k"), a few brief sexually charged scenes (with partial nudity and kink), and loads and loads of drinking (the lead character is an alcoholic, after all).
- Families can talk about how the movie presents addiction. Is there any glamour here? What are the consequences of Nick's drinking?
- What can viewers learn from Nick's predicament and his response to it?
- Why do you think Ferrell would choose to make a movie like this? Do you think he's trying to appeal to his usual fan base?