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Still shot from the movie: Dead Poets Society.

Dead Poets Society

There is something different about Mr. Keatings (Robin Williams). Not only does he not see poetry like any other teacher they have ever had before, but he also won't let his students look at life the same way they have always done before. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B-
Violence: C
Sexual Content: B-
Language: C+
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Run Time: 128
Theater Release: 01 Jun 1989
Video Release: 17 Jan 2012
MPAA Rating: PG
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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.

Although a character chooses suicide, what other options could he have considered? What effect does his death have on others?

What does Mr. Keating imply when he asks the students to contribute their own verse to life? What does it mean to find your own voice?

Why can it be difficult to maintain individual beliefs in the face of others? What exercises does the teacher use to illustrate this?

Is Mr. Keating a pied piper, leading the students into trouble, or a radical thinker opening their minds? Do his ideas help the boys to think for themselves, or are they merely substituting his ideals for those of their parents and former teachers? How can parents and children find balance between their individual dreams and the hopes and expectations of others?

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