Picture from Surrogates
Overall C+

Talk about putting your best face forward! In this futuristic world, people create surrogate copies of themselves that have no flaws or imperfections. Now, they can interact with others without ever having to leave home. But a murder mystery threatens to change all that, especially for the FBI agents (Bruce Willis and Radha Mitchell) called into the investigation.

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

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, disturbing images, language, sexuality and a drug-related scene.

Talk to your kids about…

Surrogates

What advantages does a virtual world like Second Life or these surrogates provide for people who are handicapped? What are the dangers of becoming overly involved in such a world? Do you agree with the human prophet in this movie who says we are not meant to experience the world through a machine? You may be interested in reading this article by Rod Gustafson for the Parents Television Council on “Massively Multiplayer Online Games” like Second Life.

Why does Greer’s wife prefer to interact with her husband only as a surrogate? How does isolating oneself from others impact a person’s emotional and social health?

If you created your own avatar (or if you already have), how does it compare with the real you? What are the costs of living a risk-free life? You may be interested in reading this article by Rod Gustafson for the Parents Television Council on “Massively Multiplayer Online Games” like Second Life.