What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this mature Sofia Coppola drama -- which has some of the same dreamy feel of her hit Lost in Translation (but with less humor) -- is filled with adult situations, mainly sexual. The main character, a successful actor, has sex with many partners, and some women are shown topless. Characters smoke cigarettes often and sometimes drink hard liquor. Language is relatively sparse but includes words like "f--k." Several brands are also featured, most notably the Ferrari that the main character drives. The movie is beautifully crafted, but teens may not be interested in a story of a selfish father finding redemption through his daughter.
- Families can talk about the movie's messages about sex and relationships. How does the main character view sex? Is that a healthy perspective? Parents, talk to your teens about your own family's values on these subjects.
- If Johnny is a successful actor,shouldn't he be happy and have everything he wants? Why might that life be unfulfilling?