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The Boys Are Back

Joe Warr (Clive Owen) is a capable sports writer, but not quite as competent as a father. This he learns after a tragedy turns him into a single parent. Responsible for two sons, one an impressionable six-year-old (Nicholas McNulty) and the other a headstrong teen (George MacKay), Joe attempts to rear his offspring the best way he knows how -- even if his methods are a bit unusual. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: B-
Language: C
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Run Time: 104
Theater Release: 09 Oct 2009
Video Release: 26 Jan 2010
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.

Why is it difficult for Joe to explain death to his son? How does Joe deal with his grief in comparison to Artie? What other things do characters mourn in this film besides the death of a loved one?

Who is impacted by infidelity and divorce in this story? Is there any way for adults to lessen the effects of broken families?

Why is it important for children to have some structure in their lives? What kind of family rules do you have? How are they similar or different from those of other families?

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