What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that most kids and teens probably won't be interested in this sophisticated drama about literary fraud. Lying, criminality, greed, and other iffy behavior are treated with humor, and the man behind it all is portrayed as likeable -- even heroic -- in some instances. Characters break the law and hurt the people they love with ease and very little conscience, and there's lots of swearing and some drinking and drug use.
- Families can talk about how Irving used the media to help make his fraud convincing. Do you think he could have pulled it off in today's more sophisticated media environment? With even more information about public figures now available on TV and the Internet, do you think they're more vulnerable to manipulation and deceit? How about regular people? Do you think it's appropriate to use humor to show serious themes? Families can also discuss how easily people can be fooled if they're willing to buy into a deception. Why did other characters believe Irving? Did they have something to gain?