What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this Clint Eastwood-directed drama (which stars Matt Damon) deals with the weighty subjects of death and the afterlife and may prove too intense for tweens and younger teens. At moments -- especially when examining how death affects those left behind -- it’s steeped in melancholy; one child even loses his twin brother. The first 10 minutes (which recreate 2004's horrific tsunami) are realistically terrifying; there are also other upsetting sequences involving a car accident, some swearing (including "f--k"), and a character who's addicted to drugs. Still, the movie tackles its tough subjects with empathy and raises significant questions about faith and grief.
- Families can talk about the movie's messages. What is it saying about the afterlife/hereafter? Is it trying to convince viewers to believe something specific?
- Can you think of other movies that have imagined the afterlife? How does this one compare?
- Were any parts of the movie upsetting/alarming? Why?