What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Begin Again is an affecting quasi-musical from the director/writer of Once about how music can be a salve to wounded personalities. The central character, Dan (Mark Ruffalo) is a music exec who's clearly battling an alcohol problem, and his transformation is the centerpiece of the movie (alongside the metamorphosis of a young woman who changes from being known as the girlfriend of her famous boyfriend into a musical talent in her own right). Dan is shown drinking, sometimes while driving, and appears rudderless after being fired. The movie's themes -- forgiveness, artistic integrity, infidelity -- may be somewhat heavy for tweens and younger, and there's lots of strong language (including "s--t" and "f--k"), but teens will love the music and spotting artists they've come to know, including Adam Levine and Cee-Lo.
  • Families can talk about how Begin Again portrays drinking. Dan clearly has a problem with alcohol. How does the movie address it? Are there realistic consequences? Does it prevent him from being a good father?
  • The film includes lots of music and uses it to explore its themes. How is it similar to and different from other music-heavy movies?
  • Are the main characters role models? Why or why not?
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