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Still shot from the movie: The Stepfather.

The Stepfather

Stepparents have a bad reputation and The Stepfather in this movie is no exception. David (Dyaln Walsh) moved in with Susan (Sela Ward) while her son Michael (Penn Badgley) was away at military school. Now, as Michael gets acquainted with the new boyfriend, he becomes more and more convinced that there is something dastardly about David. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: C
Violence: C
Sexual Content: C+
Language: C-
Drugs/Alcohol: B-
Run Time: 102
Theater Release: 16 Oct 2009
Video Release: 09 Feb 2010
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.

David seems very concerned about the possibility of Michael and his girlfriend engaging in a sexual relationship (although Michael’s mother is only worried about them behaving “safely.”) So why is David comfortable with his live-in relationship with Michael’s mom, and angry when the teen points out this double standard? Why is a parent’s example often louder than their council?

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