Pause for kids 14 & under
Strange, serious drama is alternately inspiring, appalling.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie about a troubled family (which stars Mel Gibson and was directed by Jodie Foster) is a very strange drama with some comedy elements; it's disturbing in many ways, and while some will find it appalling, others may find it inspiring. A despondent character attempts suicide, and there's a constant, simmering sense of discontent, as well as some moments of fighting and violence. Language includes "s--t," one "f--k," and other words; there's also some teen flirting and minor sex scenes between a husband and a wife. There's one intense scene of drinking, plus prescription drugs and a mention of a teen buying "weed."
Families can talk about how the movie portrays family relationships. Is this a typical movie family? Do the characters and their interactions seem believable? Relatable?
At the height of his depression, Walter drinks lots of alcohol. How does it affect him? What are the real-life consequences of drinking?
Did you find the beaver funny or disturbing? Does he help Walter, or does he send Walter down another wrong path?
What do you think the movie's ultimate take-away is? What audience is it intended to appeal to?