What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this moving drama based on a true story centers on a very difficult, tense father-son relationship. Ultimately, the movie is about following your dreams, no matter how unachievable they might feel. In one scene, a drunken stepfather beats up one of the main character's friends; there's also some surprisingly strong language for a PG-rated movie (including "s--t") and a few mild sexual references.
- Families can talk about how Homer, not a great student and not especially strong in math, becomes so inspired by an idea that he begins to think in new ways. Has that ever happened to you?
- Why it was hard for John to support Homer's ambitions? Why did his mothersee it differently?
- Do you think Homer made the right choice in going towork in the mine -- and in leaving it?
- How does the movie portray the way that "nerds" are treated in school? Do you think people are evaluated differently in school thanthey are once they get out?