Picture from O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Overall B-

An interesting adaptation of Homer's Odyssey that could spark interest in teen audiences to read this classic poem. A story of redemption that illustrates the struggles a man goes through to return to his home and family after being in prison.

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

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for some violence and language.

Talk to your kids about…

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Despite their history of criminal activity, the audience is expected to have sympathy for the three main characters. What events in the script build that sense of compassion? How does the story justify the convict’s continual lying? Does the manipulation of the roles of heroes and villains in the film add to that perspective?

Who was Homer? This movie may spark an interest in classical Greek poetry. Check your library for The Iliad, and it’s sequel, The Odyssey. But don’t imagine you can write your English term paper if this is the only version of the story you know.