What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this affecting indie drama tackles the subject of teen pregnancy with frankness and near-complete honesty, which may make it overwhelming for teens, since nothing is sugar-coated. Nevertheless, it does so with an admirable lack of judgment, instead presenting the story with its sometimes-overwhelming complexity and sadness intact. It's a heavy movie, one that may bring on more questions than answers, and disturbing questions at that. There's some swearing, drinking, and sexuality, but the sobering subject matter is the big issue here.
- Families can talk about how this movie portrays teen pregnancy and its consequences. Does it seem realistic to you? How does it compare to other movies' or TV shows' take on the issue? How does the film differ from press reports about infanticide? How are teen moms suspected of killing their babies portrayed in the media? Are they victims, victimizers, or both? Families can also discuss how the movie deals with sex. When Stephanie had sex, did it seem like an exciting moment or a problematic one? Why did she have sex? Was she pressured? Do you think she knew she was pregnant? If so, why do you think she kept it a secret? Is complete honesty difficult to achieve with parents? Why?