Talk to your kids about…
Why does his father’s death have such an impact on Kale? How might he have been helped? What effect does the accident have on his relationship with his mother? Would we feel as sympathetic toward our “hero” (Kale) if his father hadn’t been killed?
What causes Kale to become suspicious of Mr. Turner? Is it natural to suspect the worst in others? Can isolation play a part in the development of paranoia and fear? How?
What effect does his punishment have on Kale’s attitude? Does it change by the end of the film? In what ways is this a “kid-power” movie? How are adults portrayed?