What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that although this intelligent, poetic, lyrical Western is rated PG, its slow pace and unstructured nature aren't likely to appeal to kids. The film picks up and leaves off at seemingly random points, and it lacks anything like a traditional plot arc or story. But the language is minimal (including one use of the "N" word and one "son of a bitch"), as is the violence (the worst incident takes place off screen). Still, the movie is mostly about moods and ideas -- about searching but not necessarily finding. Even if kids are already cowboy fans, this is going to be a tough sell.
- Families can talk about what the movie's abrupt ending might mean. Does it matter that the major problem is left unsolved? Do you have hope that it will be solved soon, or never?
- In the fight over the Native American, who is right?
- Who do you think this movie is intended to appeal to? Does it succeed?
- Is this Old West a violent place? Even if there's very little fighting or blood, is there violence in the movie?