What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that much of Patch Adams takes place in a hospital and includes many emotionally intense scenes involving dying or sick patients. There is also an off-screen murder of one of the lead characters and past sexual abuse is strongly alluded to. Aside from this, the film does have some profanity, and Robin Williams' free-associative humor veers into the occasional off-color sexual reference and innuendo, plus one scene where his naked bottom is exposed.
- Families can talk about the dignity that all of us deserve when we are scared and vulnerable and about the importance of humor in the direst of circumstances. Do you think the movie undercuts its message?
- What do you know about the real Patch Adams. How can you learn more?
- Who would play you in the movie about your life? What story would it tell? Write a scene that would appear in your life story.