What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Spider-Man 2, the second in the Tobey Maguire-era Spiderman trilogy, starring, has lots of comic book-style violence. Cars (taxis, most often) are thrown into buildings, heroes and villains throw each other from high buildings, and, perhaps most disturbingly, the wife of a character is killed when glass in a building shatters and the shards fly straight for her face. There is some drinking - -a character is shown drinking whiskey at a bar and at home. Beyond this, the film raises important metaphorical questions about the importance of using your talents and gifts to their peak potential instead of casting them aside in order to be "normal."
  • Families can talk about how this sequel compares with the first Spider-Man movie. Is it as exciting? Is it deeper?
  • Why does Peter feel that he can't share his real self with anyone?
  • Why would Peter Parker would want to stop being Spider-Man? How do we know when to give up our dreams for others?
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