What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Reluctant Fundamentalist's heavy themes -- including alienation, discrimination, terrorism (or the threat of it), economics, and geopolitical strife -- may minimize its appeal to teens. There's also some edgy/intense content, including kidnapping, shootings, demonstrations, and moments where violent pictures (like one of a man's face beaten to a pulp, his throat slashed) appear. There's also some swearing, including "s--t," social drinking, and sexuality (kissing, a couple rolling around in bed, with naked shoulders seen).
  • Families can talk about what The Reluctant Fundamentalist is saying about political and ideological conflicts. What does it want viewers to think about?
  • Talk to teens about the aftermath of 9/11 and how it changed America and the rest of the world. What other movies/media have dealt with this subject?
  • Why do you think Changez changed his perspective? What contributed to his metamorphosis?
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