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The Impossible

A vacationing family is torn apart when the floodwaters of the 2004 Tsunami crash over their Thailand hotel. Facing impossible odds, the father (Ewan McGregor) and two of his sons (Oaklee Pendergast and Samuel Joslin) set out to find his wife (Naomi Watts) and other missing child (Tom Holland). Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: A-
Violence: B-
Sexual Content: C
Language: B+
Drugs/Alcohol: B
Run Time: 107
Theater Release: 20 Dec 2012
Video Release: 23 Apr 2013
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.

Why does Maria want to help a little lost child even if it puts their lives in danger? How do others risk their own safety or comfort to help strangers? Why does Maria encourage Lucas to help at the hospital? How does that change his attitude? How do people assist others in spite of the language barriers?

What are some of the realities of dealing with a disaster of this magnitude? What are the immediate needs of survivors? How easy would it be to reunite families—especially children? What kinds of long-term aid would be needed in a disaster area? Is it easy to forget about those needs once the television cameras leave an area and move on to the next big news story?

To learn more about the 2004 Tsunami and the earthquake that started it, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2004_Indian_Ocean_earthquake_and_tsunami

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