What parents need to know

Parents need to know that as Viola pretends to be a boy, some situations arise where her male roommate's evolving affection for her borders on homoerotic. There are some sexual references (references to genitals) and mild language. There is some crass humor (one involves tampons) and some borderline jokes (divorced mom considers dating daughter's boyfriend).
  • Families can talk about gender roles and the limits of gender-based expectations. How are girls and boys trained to behave in specific ways? How does Viola come to see that lying to her mother, new friends, and eventual boyfriend is not the best way to make her point about gender equality? Families could also check out Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, upon which this movie is loosely based.
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