What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that, above all, this is a very sad and disturbing movie about corporate greed and class difference that tells an inspirational story. There is occasional profanity: "f--k," "s--t," "asshole," "bitch," and more, as well as a few slurs: "dyke," "gook." Sexual scenes are presented as loving expressions of feeling and include kissing, embracing, and, except for one brief flash of breast, no nudity. Smoking and beer drinking are continuous and there is one scene in which characters share a marijuana cigarette.
- Families can talk about the fact that this film is based on a true story. What resources are available that might help you learn more about Karen Silkwood's life and might verify the facts as they've been presented?
- The filmmakers made an effort to show many sides of Karen Silkwood. When a character is portrayed as imperfect, does that heighten his or her believability? Why?
- Some movies have a definite political point-of-view. Talk about the several issues of concern to the filmmakers in Silkwood. Which of these issues might be relevant today?