What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this coming-of-age indie follows two best friends the summer after they graduate from high school. The graphic-novel adaptation is not your typical teen flick. There is a lot of strong language ("f--k," "c--t," "p---y" and other curse words are said frequently) and an intimate friendship between an 18-year-old girl and a much older man that's eventually consummated (the couple is briefly shown kissing and then in bed next to each other). The main theme of the movie may go over some teens' heads; it's basically that becoming an adult can be boring and confusing, and how working and conforming is a lot less hip than just doing whatever you want.
- Families can talk about coming-of-age movies about high-school graduates. What common themes are present in most of these adolescent films?
- Parents and kids can also discuss Enid's friendship with Seymour. How is their inter-generational relationship portrayed?
- How do Enid and Becky affect and influence each other? Which one of them do you relate to more? Why?
- Adaptations of graphic novels have become quite popular. What are the best examples of the genre?