What parents need to know

Parents need to know that What Maisie Knew is a moving, sometimes disturbing drama that examines the world through the lens of 6-year-old Maisie, a downtown New York City girl whose glamorous parents (Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan) are breaking up loudly and painfully in front of her. Some scenes may be difficult to stomach, especially for kids whose parents are going through or have undergone a divorce or separation. Maisie is often shown in heartbreakingly neglectful situations -- at school, with neither parent remembering to pick her up; being shuttled back and forth between apartments; etc. She also sees her parents fight and swear ("f--k," "s--t") at each other, and adults drink and smoke around her/other children.
  • Families can talk about how What Maisie Knew portrays the experiences of children whose parents are in the middle of an acrimonious divorce or separation. Do you think it's realistic?
  • Talk to your kids about what divorce/separation is -- and the impact it can have on a family.
  • What makes a family? What makes a good parent? What does this film contribute to that discussion?
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VIOLENCE & SCARINESS
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DRINKING & DRUGS
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