Picture from Contagion
Overall B

In order to keep a dangerous virus from reaching epidemic proportions, the Center for Disease Control calls upon the expertise of a select group of doctors from around the world. Matt Damon, Kate Winslet and Jude Law star in this sci-fi thriller.

Violence C
Sexual Content B
Profanity D+
Substance Use B+

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for disturbing content and some language.

Talk to your kids about…


One government official faces disciplinary action because he warns his wife to get out of town and join him. Given the same situation, would you want to gather your family members together? Should first responders and medical officials be the first to receive vaccinations? What is the fairest way to distribute the treatment?

While this film includes many plausible depictions, how realistic is it to have all services, such as cell phone, electricity, etc., still working? How long would it take to recover from such a disaster?

How does technology become the hero in this movie? How much trust do you put in it? Are human beings still an important part of the solution equation? Who makes sacrifices in order for the problem to be solved? Why is social distancing an important part of the solution?

What similar medical scares have hit our population? How have government and the general public reacted? What different responses might viewers have to this movie? Do you feel hopeful or fearful at the end of the film? Have you made any type of preparations in anticipation of such an event?