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Still shot from the movie: Seven Pounds.

Seven Pounds

Ben Thomas (Will Smith) has a terrible secret. In order to be free of it's haunting effects, the deeply depressed man determines to do something wonderful for seven people who are also struggling with life's problems. But his noble plans begin to unravel after he meets Emily (Rosario Dawson), a beautiful woman with a heart condition. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: C-
Violence: D
Sexual Content: C
Language: C
Drugs/Alcohol: B-
Run Time: 123
Theater Release: 19 Dec 2008
Video Release: 31 Mar 2009
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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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.

What drives Ben to atone for his mistake? Can guilt or remorse motivate us to do good things or can it become an unhealthy emotional response? Do you feel it is important to pay restitution for mistakes or injuries caused to others?

How did the receivers of Ben’s generosity respond? Were his gifts realistic? How would you feel in a similar situation?

If you wanted to bestow a substantial gift on a stranger, how would you go about finding the perfect recipient? With many worthwhile charities, organizations and individuals in need of support, do you donate? If so, how do you choose which ones to support?

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