Pause for kids 15 & under
Bleak, but lovely journey OK for older-teen music fans.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Inside Llewyn Davis, by filmmaking brothers Joel and Ethan Coen, is a startlingly affecting drama about 1960s Greenwich Village folk singer Llewyn Davis's struggle to be noticed and to survive. Expect a bleak (but memorable) retelling that includes some intense subject matter (suicide, abortion), plus some drinking and a scene of a possible drug overdose that may be too heavy for younger teens. There's also plenty of swearing, including "---hole" and "f--k," and a bunch of amazing musical performances.
- Families can talk about the character of Llewyn. What makes him different from other movie heroes? What is the message behind his journey?
- How does this movie illuminate the folk music scene of the 1960s? Does it debunk myths in any way?
- What do you think of the folk music sung here? How is it different from today's music?