What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Jobs is a biopic about late Apple founder/CEO Steve Jobs. As a young man, Jobs smokes marijuana and experiments with hallucinogens, and other characters drink and smoke. Two of Jobs' romances are depicted -- a one-night stand and his long-term college relationship. He's shown kissing in bed with each of them, but that's it; there's no nudity or graphic content. The language is fairly typical of a mature drama, with the occasional use of "s--t," "a--hole," and one "f--king." Expect countless references to Apple's early product innovations -- both the successes and the failures, from the original Apple computer to the iPod. Several car makes are also featured prominently -- Mercedes, Porsche, Corvette Stingray, Volvo, and more. Ultimately, this movie is likely to particularly appeal to families and teens interested in technology and Apple devices.
- Families can talk about how Jobs concentrates on the time that Steve Jobs spent founding Apple and turning it into the premier computer company in the world. Is there more to Jobs' life that the filmmaker doesn't show? Why does the film focus on Jobs as an entrepreneur/inventor instead of, say, as a husband and father?
- How does the movie depict drug use? Is it glamorized? What are the real-life consequences for using substances like LSD?
- How does Jobs change compared to the other original Apple founders/employees? What does the movie say about "what it takes" to be an innovator?
- Does owning i-devices and Apple computers make you more interested in seeing the movie? How does the movie make you feel about Apple and Jobs -- loyal to his vision? Critical of his treatment of employees?