What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Why Stop Now is an indie dramedy about one very bad day in the life of a young man (Jesse Eisenberg) trying to make it to an important audition. His plans are disrupted when his drug-addict mother drags him into a series of misadventures involving drug dealers, Revolutionary War reenactments (complete with faux gunshots), sibling disputes, and more. Expect frequent strong language ("f--k," "s--t," etc.), a fair bit of drinking, and lots of drug references.
- Families can talk about how Why Stop Now portrays addiction. How has Eli's mother's addiction affected his life? Do you think these are realistic consequences? How does the media typically portray drug addiction?
- What about alcohol? How is drinking depicted here? Do you think Eli has a drinking problem?
- Do you think this movie is more of a comedy or a drama? Who do you think it's intended to appeal to?