What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this stirring drama about friendship and the beauty of music depicts mental illness in a realistic light, neither overdramatizing nor underemphasizing it. Scenes that take place in L.A.'s gritty areas include some skirmishes and shots of drug use, and a dead body is found. The authentic feel of those scenes (which feature real-life Skid Row regulars) could be upsetting for sensitive viewers. But aside from that and some harsh language (including sparing use of "f--k"), the movie is age appropriate for teens -- there's no sex or blatant product placement.
- Families can talk about what the film is trying to say. Why do you think the filmmaker lingered on the gritty Skid Row scenes? Is it to shock or to educate? Were you aware of the massive homeless problem L.A. faces?
- How is this movie different from many other films set in L.A.?
- Familiescan also discuss Steve and Nathaniel’s relationship. At what point dothey become friends, and why?
- The movie is based on a true story -- howaccurate do you think it is? Why might filmmakers decide to change somedetails in making a movie?