What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this well-meaning drama tries to offer some positive (and somewhat clichd) life lessons -- support your friends and family, love is the answer, etc. But it deals with mature issues (infidelity, abuse, addiction), and has a fair amount of nudity (breasts, backsides, and one fleeting full-frontal glimpse) and graphic sex. Language, while not incessant, is also strong, including "s--t" and "f--k." In one particularly disturbing moment, a man hits a woman (and vice versa), with no apparent consequences; in fact, he wins out in the end.
  • Families can talk about the film's take on love. Is it really as messy as it seems here? Why are so many movies fixated on the difficulties of love? Is romance only entertaining when it's not meant to be? Or, on the flip side, why is love so often idealized as well? What are real relationships like? Families can also discuss the consequences of the characters' behavior. What do you think would have happened to them in real life?
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