What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You is a coming-of-age tale about a recent high school graduate who doesn't know what to do with his life. Everyone's pushing for him to go to college; he's not interested, but he also doesn't know what does interest him. Expect some drinking (including by underage characters) and one scene featuring high school students getting high. There's also discussion of sex and sexual orientation and occasional swearing (including "f--k," "s--t," and more).
- Families can talk about whether James is a realistic character. Does he seem like a real teen? Are his dilemmas relatable? How does he compare to other movie teens?
- How does the movie portray drinking and drug use? Are there realistic consequences?
- What life advice does James' grandmother give him? Is it useful/helpful?