What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this romantic comedy is riddled with gags centering on major family dysfunction. And there's real bite underneath the laughs: The central couple (played by teen favorites Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn) finds out soon enough that they don't really know enough about each other, and their families beat them up -- both physically and emotionally. It's all played for laughs, of course, which takes some of the edge off, but younger kids may still wind up perturbed by the scenes of familial mayhem. There's also some swearing (including "s--t") and social drinking, as well as some innuendo and implied sex.
- Families can talk about why so many holiday movies focus on dysfunctional family relationships.
- Are real families really as out there as the ones in movies like this? Does watching their antics make you feel better (or worse) about your own? Do you think that's the point?
- In this movie, why do you think Brad and Kate are estranged from their families? Is it justified, or are they being selfish?
- What are your own family celebrations like? Why are holiday get-togethers often fraught with tension (both in the media and in reality)?