What parents need to know

Parents need to know that C.O.G. is a coming-of-age comedy/drama based on a story by humorist/essayist David Sedaris -- though his many fans are likely to be disappointed. The movie is strange, confused, and not very funny. It features a main character who may be gay, though the movie doesn't really discuss this. A sexually aggressive male partner tries to force the lead character into sex, but the attempt is stopped before anything very serious happens. There's also some violent imagery in the dialogue. Language is extremely strong, especially during the movie's first third, and includes just about every word under the sun. There are a few quick sexually suggestive moments, and adult characters occasionally drink beers and smoke cigarettes in a casual, background way.
  • Families can talk about the sexually aggressive "Curly" character. What does this character represent? How does he affect the main character? How does this violent episode change the mood of the story?
  • How does the movie depict religion and/or Christianity? What do the characters get out of their belief? Where does their faith get tested?
  • How does C.O.G. the movie differ from the original David Sedaris essay?
  • Is this a "coming of age" movie? What does that genre usually entail?
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DRINKING & DRUGS
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