What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this sweet-but-sad and fairly predictablecoming-of-age story will likely appeal to hordes of Miley Cyrus’ young fans, but it's best for older tweens and teens thanks to the heavy topics of divorce, abusive relationships, and death. The romance (including somepassionate kissing) will send fans hearts a-flutter, and a tear-jerkingstoryline will leave them surprisingly moved. There’s little swearing("bitch") and some sexual banter, but most everything’s prettyclean-cut.
- Families can talk about Ronnie’s reaction to her parents’ divorce. Whydoes she hate her father so much? Why is she unable to forgive him? Isher reaction typical and/or understandable? Does her experience remindyou of your experiences or your friends' experiences?
- Tweens and teens: Do you see Miley Cyrus as a role model? Why or why not? Do you think celebrities make good role models? Do you have any real-life role models -- like family members, friends, or teachers? Do you real-liferole models have more or less influence over your thoughts and decisions compared to celebs?
- Is the film’s depiction of first (true) love realistic? How does itchange Ronnie?