What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this documentary about elusive, mysterious writer J.D. Salinger (The Catcher in the Rye) covers some parts of his life -- mainly his wartime experiences and his dalliances and marriages -- that may be too mature or intense for tweens and younger. Some historical footage filmed during the liberation of the Nazis' concentration camps includes shots of charred, piled-up bodies; there's also some frank discussion about the author's attraction to very young women (including teens). There's talk of drinking and some era-accurate smoking. Note: Additional footage was added to the film after our review was published; that footage has not been reviewed by our staff.
  • Families can talk about Salinger's reclusive ways. Were they born out of a need to distance himself from his fame and intrusive fans and watchers, or could it partially be a way to make himself even more esteemed?
  • Salinger appears to have been attracted to teenagers, even when he was old enough to be their father or even grandfather. Parents, ask your teens: How do these types of relationships break boundaries?
  • Do you think all documentaries are 100% factual? How can you tell? Is it the filmmaker's responsibility to tell nothing but the truth, or are some exceptions possible? Why or why not?
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