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Still shot from the movie: The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Doctor Parnassus (Christopher Plummer), a storyteller, made a deal with the Devil (Tom Waits). However, his debt needs to be paid by his daughter (Lily Cole) when she turns sixteen. On the eve of that fateful day, the fretting father searches for a way to break the ill-begotten bargain. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: C+
Violence: C
Sexual Content: C+
Language: C
Drugs/Alcohol: C-
Run Time: 121
Theater Release: 25 Dec 2009
Video Release: 27 Apr 2010
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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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.

After passing through the magical mirror, characters in this film experience their own imaginations. What things would you experience if you were able to walk into your imagination?

What impact does lying have on the characters in this film? How does one untruth lead to the next? Why is it so difficult for Dr. Parnassus to refuse a new wager from Mr. Nick? What effect can compulsive gambling have on individuals and families?

During the film, a character swallows a hollow tube as a way of avoiding the deadly effects of a hanging. Why would this not work?

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