Parents need to know that Tiger Eyes is an adaptation of Judy Blume's classic 1981 coming-of-age novel (and was directed by her son). Updated to the current time but otherwise faithful to the story, the movie chronicles the life of a teenager whose father was murdered at his shop. There's some violence, including a brief scene that briefly shows the father bleeding on the floor of his shop, and another scene in which an uncle slaps his niece on the face. A teenager (not the main character) drinks a lot and throws up a couple of times, and there are a few kisses, including one make-out session in the back of a car. A grieving widow takes a lot of pills to calm herself and sleep, and another father dies of cancer off screen. The movie encourages family support and unconditional friendship to get over even the saddest tragedies.
Families can talk about how faithful an adaptation Tiger Eyes is and whether you think it translates well to the screen. If you aren't familiar with the book, does the movie make you want to read it?
Parents may want to use Jane's vodka habit to discuss the dangers of underage drinking. How does Jane's alcohol consumption affect her dating and then her audition? Teens: What would happen if you or a friend showed up at school drunk?
The movie shows an intercultural relationship between Davey and Wolf. What, if anything, does Davey learn about Wolf's Native American heritage?