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Still shot from the movie: Houseboat.


A widower (Cary Grant) tries to mend the hearts of his grieving children by moving them onto a houseboat and hiring the woman they chose (Sofia Loren) as a housekeeper. But his pervious estranged relationship with the kids and sparks from the hot-tempered, Italian nanny make it a tough task to keep the family afloat. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B
Violence: B+
Sexual Content: B-
Language: A-
Drugs/Alcohol: C+
Run Time: 110
Theater Release: 19 Nov 1958
Video Release: 04 Nov 2002
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
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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.

Why do you think the children in this movie developed behavioral problems after coming through this traumatic event? What other side effects can stress have? What can be done to overcome these problems?

Do you feel the children respond predictably or unpredictably to their father’s romantic intentions? Why?

Tom tries to explain the circle of life to his grieving child to help him come to terms with the death of his mother. What council or comfort would you give to someone facing the loss of a loved one?

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