What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Canyons is a very sexually explicit drama about unpleasant, self-centered people who are vaguely involved in the Los Angeles film industry. It stars James Deen, a real-life porn star, and Lindsay Lohan, who's better known these days for her off-screen mishaps -- stunt casting that's generated plenty of buzz for a bleak film about unlikable characters. Expect plenty of male and female nudity and graphic sex scenes, lots of drinking, some violence, and strong language ("f--k," "s--t," and more), as well as some drug use.
  • Families can talk about how The Canyons depicts sex and relationships. Is anyone in a healthy relationship? What role does sex play? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values on these topics.
  • Do you think this movie would have received much attention if Lohan wasn't the star?
  • What do Tara and Christian get out of their relationship with each other? Do they love each other? Do you think they even like each other?
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