What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Unfinished Song is a heart-rending dramedy about an ill woman's quest to live a little -- and her husband's lessons on how to live at all, despite huge challenges. Because a central theme of the movie is facing imminent death from cancer, it sometimes gets too intense for younger kids, though teens should be able to handle it. There are many deeply sad and affecting moments, so bring plenty of tissue. Expect some innuendo, and some of the lyrics of the songs that Marion's choir sings (to an audience that includes kids) are raunchy. Dialogue includes words like "s--t" and "bloody," and there's some smoking and drinking.
- Families can talk about whether Marion is a role model. If so, how? What about the other characters?
- What does Unfinished Song bring to the table when it comes to movies about characters and their loved ones dealing with imminent death? Is it cliched or inspired?
- Why are there so few movies and TV shows that feature older characters? Teens: Does a movie's appeal to you depend on the age of its cast/characters? Why?