What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this classic Hollywood screwball comedy/murder story from 1934 includes free-flowing hard liquor -- characters drink a great deal, with very few realistic consequences (only one hangover). Three dead bodies are involved in this murder story, and several guns are brandished and fired, though there's no gore or blood. The lead characters are married and occasionally pass some playful innuendo back and forth. Given that the movie is about grown-ups in grown-up relationships, some kids or teens may not be interested, but if they relent, they'll probably enjoy it. (Plus, there is a cute dog.)
- Families can talk about the massive alcohol consumption in the movie. How do the characters behave around or under the influence alcohol? How realistic is this depiction? What is missing?
- What is special about the relationship of the married Nick and Nora? Why aren't more married couples portrayed onscreen like this?
- This movie was released during the Great Depression. Discuss why it was a success. What would have drawn so many people to see this kind of movie?