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Still shot from the movie: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) may appear to be the timid sort on the outside, yet in his imagination he's a daredevil adventurer. But when a real life crisis arises, Walter has to decide if he will leave his daydreams and face his worst nightmares. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B+
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: B+
Language: B-
Drugs/Alcohol: C
Run Time: 114
Theater Release: 25 Dec 2013
Video Release: 15 Apr 2014
MPAA Rating: PG
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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.

This movie is based on a short story by James Thurber.

How is technology presented in this film? Why do some people maintain a sentimental attachment to former technologies (in this case, photographic film versus digital images)? Can you think of other former devices that are making a comeback due to sentimental or perceived lost benefits?

Are Walter’s daydreams a blessing or curse? Do they motivate him or hold him back? Do you daydream? Do you think it’s a good use of imagination or a time wasting distraction? Here’s an interesting article on how you may benefit from daydreams.

How many product placements did you spot in this film? Why do moviemakers use these marketing ploys in the productions?

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