What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this meandering drama about what happens to a 17-year-old after she witnesses a horrible bus accident depicts a pretty stark, often depressing existence. Fathers are absentee, teenage boys aren't faithful, mothers are narcissists. It's pretty heavy material for tweens and teens who may be fans of star Anna Paquin and is more appropriate for older teens and adults. Look for references and scenes depicting smoking (the main character smokes like a chimney -- not just cigarettes. but marijuana too) and drinking among teens. Sex acts between teens and a teen girl and an adult are implied from movements, plus there's adult breast-baring. There's also some swearing, including "f--k" and "c--t."
  • Families can talk about the accident that sets everything else in motion. How did watching it affect you? Would the scene have the same effect if it was less graphic?
  • Lisa is estranged from both her parents, but her relationship with her mother seems especially strained. Why? Is it a realistic depiction of teen relationships with parents?
  • How does the film handle the subject of a teen girl losing her virginity? Does it seem believable? What are the consequences for the sexual behavior?
  • What are the consequences of teen drinking and drug use?
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