What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Upside Down is a sci-fi romance set on another world. Violence is the biggest issue, though it's still fairly light: Expect a few shootouts, minor injuries, and a character being abducted and beaten up off screen. A dead body is also shown in an early scene, and a character tells how he was orphaned due to an explosion at an oil plant. Main characters kiss, and it's implied that they have sex (the woman becomes pregnant). There's no language other than one use of "God" and a middle finger gesture. A central character smokes a cigar. While the movie's visuals are impressive, the storytelling is subpar, so it's likely that only the most die-hard teen sci-fi fans will be able to enjoy the film.
- Families can talk about Upside Down's violence. How much of it was necessary to tell the story?
- How would a world evolve in which one group was considered "better" than another group? Can you think of any other stories or real-life examples with this same theme?
- What questions would you ask a scientist about how the Upside Down world works?
- Was Adam's quest for love selfish or selfless?