Pause for kids 16 & under
Smart, sad, empowering film about a teen coming out.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Pariah is a compelling coming-of-age story that shows what life is like for a teenage girl who's young, black, female, and gay. There are heartbreaking moments as well as make-you-think storylines, which include fairly mature subject matter -- including a "first time" love scene that may be too intense for younger teens (kissing, but no nudity). Expect plenty of forceful language (including the "N" word and "f--k"), some underage drinking and drug use (marijuana), and painful scenes in which the main character struggles to be honest with her parents about her sexual identity.
- Families can talk about Alike's situation. What is she afraid of? Is she a relatable character? Would you consider her a role model?
- How does the movie portray drinking and drug use? Are there realistic consequences?
- What is the takeaway from Pariah? Is it difficult to compartmentalize and shield part of yourself from your family? Should you have to?