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The Great Gatsby

When aspiring journalist Nick Carraway moves to the Big Apple, he finds himself drawn by the magnetic charm of his mysterious neighbor, the rich and powerful Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio). Nick also becomes witness to the consequences of obsession and passion. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: C+
Violence: C
Sexual Content: C
Language: B
Drugs/Alcohol: C-
Run Time: 143
Theater Release: 10 May 2013
Video Release: 27 Aug 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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How We Determine Our Grades

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.

What are the attitudes toward various social, sexual and ethnic groups in this film? Specifically what are the attitudes toward the rich versus the poor? Blacks versus whites? And women versus men?

Do you think Daisy was foolish for making the choices she did? Or is she a product of the time period in which she lives?

Considering the short time Gatsby had to become enraptured with Daisy, do you think his motivations for engineering his entire life around the hope of being reunited with her are justified?

Gatsby is seen as the tragic hero or protagonist, yet as we learn of his background, is he ethically any better than Tom? What would some of the unseen consequences be for Gatsby’s choices? Why did the author choose to not display these while explicitly showing Tom’s behavior? Can you think of heroes in other movies who have similar unseen pasts?

This movie is based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby.

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