What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this well-meant but clunky period drama about African Americans struggling to get by during the Great Depression centers on characters who are forced to make hard choices during a hard time. Circumstances and racism combine to make it seem impossible to ever get ahead, but some of the characters are able to shine even against strong odds. Expect some swearing (including "s--t" and the "N" word), drinking, and smoking, as well as moderate flirting and a few violent confrontations -- but on the whole the story is more heartwarming than eyebrow raising. Still, kids who aren't already interested in the time period/subject matter probably won't be too intrigued.
- Families can talk about the Great Depression. How do you think those hard times then compare to modern economic woes? How does the movie show people getting by -- and helping each other get by -- during the 1930s? Do you think people act the same way today?
- One character defies a stern father figure, while another opts to give her life savings to appease a threatening loan shark. What do you think about the choices these characters (and others) make when faced with difficult situations?
- How to TV shows and movies typically depict the Great Depression? Is this movie similar to or different from others you've seen set during this time?