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A Beautiful Mind

Based on the tortured life of mathematician John Forbes Nash Jr., director Ron Howard champions the man who teeters on greatness, falls victim to a mental illness and fights back to accept the Noble Prize in 1994. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: A-
Violence: C+
Sexual Content: C+
Language: C
Drugs/Alcohol: B-
Run Time: 135
Theater Release: 05 Jan 2002
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MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

What are some examples of Nash using humor to deal with his illness? Do you think humor can assist in the healing process?

How did Alicia deal with her husband’s schizophrenia? How does her commitment to their marriage affect the way she reacts to her husband’s plight? Do you think her choices affected the outcome of Nash’s illness?

To read Nash’s own brief account of his life’s experiences, go to www.nobel.se/economics/laureates/1994/nash-autobio.html. For a general overview of what schizophrenia is and what symptoms accompany the disease, see www.schizophrenia.com/family/schizintro.html

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