What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Way -- a drama about a father's grief after his grown son is accidentally killed during a journey in Europe -- isn't likely to have much appeal for younger kids or tweens. The subject matter is mature, the action much more internal than external, and the pace is deliberate and reflective. Lots of wine is consumed during meals in the Spanish villages in which the story is set. One scene shows the drunken hero being taken to jail after a loud, angry rant. A principal character frequently smokes marijuana and offers it to his companions. Cigarette smoking is pervasive. A female reveals that she reluctantly "terminated" a pregnancy some years earlier.
- Families can talk about Tom Avery's journey. What did he learn about his son? What did he learn about himself? Do you think focusing on his physical trip is an effective way to tell the story of his emotional journey?
- How does The Way portray the cultural role of alcohol use, specifically wine, in the Spanish villages of the story? How is it different from what you see in stories set in the United States?
- How does this movie deal with stereotypes?