Picture from The Grapes of Wrath
Overall A-

Based on a novel by John Steinbeck, this classic 1940s film looks at the desperation of a young convict (Henry Fonda) and his family (Ma and Pa are played by Jane Darwell and Russell Simpson) as they try to scratch out a living in the dust bowl of America during the Dirty 30s.

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

MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Talk to your kids about…

The Grapes of Wrath

As well as being broke financially, many of the characters in this story have broken spirits. How is this portrayed? Why is Casy so willing to tag along when Tom sets out to find his family? In what other ways is the despair of the people portrayed?

Ma Joad feels guilty about having so little to share with the hungry children who gather around when her family stops at a migrant camp. How does this reveal what type of woman she is? How does she become the heroine of the story? What role did women play in helping their families survive during the Great Depression?