Picture from Dear Frankie
Overall B

Rather than tell her son Frankie (Jack McElhone) the truth about his estranged father, Lizzie (Emily Mortimer) has been secretly answering the letters he writes to the man he believes to be a sailor. But when the real ship of the pretend dad arrives in their homeport, Lizzie is forced to either fess-up, or produce a reasonable facsimile.

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

Talk to your kids about…

Dear Frankie

Is a lie ever warranted? What were Lizzie’s other choices? If you’ve seen the film, keep in mind how Frankie may have reacted after knowing the consequences of his father’s actions.

How does culture change the way people are portrayed in movies? What do you see in this film that may not be included in an American movie?