Picture from Lakeview Terrace
Overall C-

Talk about your difficult neighbor! New house owners, Chris and Lisa Mattson (Patrick Wilson and Kerry Washington) are hardly unpacked before the man next door (Samuel L. Jackson) begins invading their privacy. Soon his actions have escalated to harassment. But the couple has nowhere to turn for help because the perpetrator is a police officer.

Violence C-
Sexual Content C+
Profanity D
Substance Use C-

Talk to your kids about…

Lakeview Terrace

How are interracial relationships portrayed in this film? What drives Abel’s negative feelings toward Chris and Lisa? How does society in general regard couples of mixed race in comparison to past decades?

When does police authority cross the line and become harassment or abuse? At what point does community involvement become vigilantism?

Does the use of ethno-cultural slurs and other derogatory terms in films increase the acceptance of these kinds of remarks in real life interactions?