What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Norman is a darkly funny indie drama that deals with very heavy themes about death, terminal illness, feelings of suicide and self-harm, and grief. There's a good deal of profanity, including "f--k." In one scene, a teenager points a knife into his chest, and blood drips down his chest. There's some sexual humor, and a teen character talks about "getting laid." The film deals with the deaths of parents, and, because of its dark humor and complex, difficult subject matter, it's best suited for mature older teens.
- Families can talk about whether lies can ever be justified in the service of something good. Through lying, Norman makes connections with his teacher and peers he previously lacked. Does this justify his lie? How so, or why not?
- When should the rights of the dying be respected, and when shouldn't they?
- Do you think the film shows grieving accurately? What other ways do films show the grieving process, and how accurate do you feel they are?