What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie has very mature material including a graphic and bloody suicide attempt, sexual references and situations (adultery and a possible romance between adopted siblings), and painful issues of betrayal and deception. There are references to a tragic death. An adopted child is made to feel like an outsider. A character has a serious drug abuse problem. Some people may find the light-hearted treatment of these issues offensive and kids will probably miss the dry humor completely.
- Families can talk about whether this wild exaggeration of family communication problems can be of help to families who are struggling to connect to each other. How can parents stimulate and support gifted children without making them feel isolated from friends and family?
- Eli says to Royal "I always wanted to be a Tenenbaum," and Royalresponds, "So did I." What does that mean?
- Why did such accomplishedchildren become such fragile adults?
- Why did Chas react to his wife'sdeath by becoming obsessed with safety?