What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this Oscar-nominated melodrama deals with mature, complex issues, including prejudice, sexuality, and adultery. Characters make anti-Semitic and racist comments; there's also some drinking and smoking. One character gets drunk in an attempt to numb the pain he feels about not being true to himself.
- Families can talk about why the story is set in the 1950s and about what's changed since then. Younger family members may want to know more about the older members' recollections of that era. Did Raymond and Frank make different choices when it came to what was best for their children? What do those children think about what's going on around them? How will filmmakers 50 years from now see today's movies and what will they pick to pay tribute to?