What parents need to know

Parents need to know that HairBrained centers on Eli (Alex Wolff) a 14-year-old teen prodigy who enrolls in college, and is befriended by a 41-year-old who's also starting as a freshman. Eli is initially bullied by some fellow students, but soon finds his niche as the star of the school's Collegiate Mastermind team, a trivia competition where his intelligence makes him a star. Along the way, he attends several raucous parties filled with drunken students and fends off the aggressive advance of a senior coed seems determined to have her way with the young teen. There's a good bit of swearing, a few students smoking pot, and some flirting and more age-appropriate kissing between Eli and girl who's closer to his age and just as smart.
  • Families can talk about what kind of movie this is. How would you categorize the film? What do you think would have made it a better movie?
  • How realistic is the college life depicted in the movie? What seems exaggerated for humor? Are the true consequences of drinking shown in the movie?
  • Would viewers feel differently about the older college student propositioning the 14-year-old character if the genders had been switched?
  • Why do kids make fun of Eli? How does Eli handle bullying? What else could he have done?
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DRINKING & DRUGS
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