What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the DVD version of the film includes audible swearing ("f--k" and "s--t"), but cursing was edited out to keep bleeping to a minimum for the PBS broadcast version. There's also some discussion of drug use, but usually in the context of negative consequences (overdoses, etc.), along with scant shots of social drinking and, in one brief case, a band member smoking marijuana. Interviews include mentions of fellow rocker Kurt Cobain's suicide and the death of several fans at a Pearl Jam concert.
- Families can talk about the central theme of the commercialization of art. How much control or input do artists have into what happens to their art? How does fame play into the process?
- What are the negative effects of fame, particularly when it comes on suddenly as opposed to gradually? What role does our society play in the culture of fame and celebrity/rock-star worship? Are fans solely to blame, or are they merely influenced by media and marketing?
- How do the members of Pearl Jam measure up as role models? How have they changed over the course of 20 years together as a band, particularly as they've come into adulthood?