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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.
If your teens are an audience to this film, here are some discussion ideas:
Was Laney an unattractive girl before her make-over? Why do we never see overweight or disabled people in a role like this? Could the story still work if they were?
This movie has many instances of teens using alcohol irresponsibly. Where did the tradition of getting drunk to celebrate your graduation start? Who benefits from having thousands of underage teens drinking during their graduation year? Do you think alcohol manufacturers or movie producers have a responsibility to discourage underage drinking?
Does the studio have any responsibility to society when it includes scenes like the one in the cafeteria where the bully is wearing a t-shirt that says, “KILL ALL ARTISTS”, or the one that suggests underappreciated students should consider suicide as a way to get attention?