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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.
Nathan Bexton, one of the actors in this film, made the follow statement at the movie’s premiere (found at http://in-crowd.warnerbros.com/premiere/ ): “Everyone wants to envision themselves in that fantasy realm, and I guess as a responsible film maker you have to show the consequences there are—which there are—you know… shallow mentality, but Porsche… all the sex you want, but herpes. It’s like, you know, there’s tradeoffs.”
What is implied about wealthy people in Nathan’s comment ... “shallow mentality, but Porsche”? How often do we often see rich people portrayed as negative characters? Why?
Do you feel the filmmakers showed responsibility in their portrayal of consequences for the behaviors they depicted? Are any of these consequences ever shown in a comic or vengeful manner? Many of the lesser characters spend summer after summer doing drugs, sex, and booze. Are the negative outcomes of these lifestyle choices ever portrayed within the movie? If you wrote this film, what consequences would you predict for these characters?