What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ginger & Rosa -- a coming-of-age drama set in the early 1960s -- is at times bleak and intense, with material that may be too overwhelming for younger teens and tweens. There's infidelity, parental abandonment, a relationship between a much older man and a girl young enough to be his daughter, depression, alienation -- all set against the backdrop of the early ban-the-bomb movement and the concurrent fear of nuclear devastation. Expect infrequent language (including "f--k" and "bitch") and some scenes in which a teen girl flirts with an older man and he returns her attentions (at one point moaning is heard from their room). There are also loud fights between a couple, a scene in which teen girls prepare to practice kissing (on each other), plenty of era-accurate smoking, and some underage drinking.
- Families can talk about Ginger and Rosa's friendship: Is it healthy? Equal? Supportive? How does it compare to other movie friendships you've seen?
- Are Ginger's parents supportive and nurturing? Is she better off with them in her life or not? Do they seem like realistic characters?
- Talk to your kids about the '60s and what it may have been like growing up under constant fear of the bomb. How does that shape what the characters do and how they behave?