What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that although this 1950s-set comedy starring Renee Zellweger is fairly light and frothy in tone, it takes on mature themes like adultery, single parenthood, and divorce's effects on children. In addition to plenty of irresponsible parenting, expect some swearing (including "f--k") and sexuality (including a scene in which a teen girl bares her breasts to a boy, though they're not shown). Still, in the end, the story proves uplifting, even moving, despite some strong life lessons.
- Families can talk about Ann and Dan's parenting skills (or lack thereof). Were they disconnected because that was the way parents were in that era? How do they compare to their modern-day counterparts?
- How do the kids respond to the chaos around them? Do their reactions seem realistic to you? How does parental conflict affect children?
- Why do you think Ann changes over time? Is themetamorphosis incremental or overnight? What triggers it? Is it believable?