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Overall B+

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.

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

MPAA Rating: PG for some crude comments, language and action violence.

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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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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