What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Forces of Nature is a romantic comedy about having cold feet before marriage and involves some illegal drug use (a character smokes a joint while driving; an arrest follows), drinking to cope, a bachelor strip scene (no nudity), a gay-bar striptease to raise money (no nudity), and a subplot of a mother who abandoned her child. Overall the movie presents a fairly cynical take on the horrors of marriage. Though the ending message is ultimately pro-commitment, the heavy themes, sometimes dark messages, and sad circumstances are better for teens and adults.
- Families can talk about the way the film portrays marriage. What do you think the movie was trying to say about the institution? Was it good or bad? Do you think it was realistic?
- What does it mean to have cold feet before a big event? Have you ever had cold feet? What do you think it says about how you really feel about the occasion?
- What attitudes does the film express about true love or finding "the one"? Do you think this is an accurate film about matters of the heart? Why, or why not? How do men talk about marriage in the film? What about women?