What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie focuses on a musician's depressed final days, and he shoots himself at the end, in a sequence featuring images recalling Kurt Cobain's suicide (based on widely circulated police and press photos). Characters use drugs, drink, smoke, and curse casually and frequently (including the "f--k"). The movie contains some sexual imagery and references (a girl in her underwear, two young men having sex, two girls dancing, a male character wearing a slip), and sexual slang. A young man urinates into a river (his back to the camera), carries a shotgun through his house, and passes out more than once. He also appears as a ghost, nude, emerging from and ascending from the corpse of his unhappy self.
- Families can talk about this film's representation of depression and celebrity. While Blake is surely feeling isolated and despondent, his friends and associates are unable or unwilling to take his depression seriously. How is Blake's melancholy represented in allusive, even poetic, images? How does the film show his rejection of commercial interests, as embodied by other characters, like his manager, bandmates, or hangers-on?