What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this engaging, suspenseful political drama -- which is based on the true story of former covert CIA operative Valerie Plame, whose identity was compromised in the press, and her husband, former Ambassador Joseph Wilson -- portrays the U.S. government as a formidable villain that tries to suppress the truth. Expect some strong language (including "f--k" and "s--t"), lots of yelling and verbal fighting, and some war footage. Characters also drink and smoke cigars. It likely won't appeal to most kids, but politically-aware teens may appreciate the movie's eye-opening look at recent U.S. history.
- Families can talk about the movie's tension and moments of violence. How did it affect you? How did the movie accomplish this?
- How does this real-life story work as a movie? Do you think filmmakers changed any facts to make the movie? Why might they choose to do that?
- Did Wilson do the right thing by writing the article and attempting to tell the truth? What would have happened if he had done nothing?
- Would you say that Wilson and Plame are heroes or traitors? Or something in-between? Why?