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Still shot from the movie: Under the Tuscan Sun.

Under the Tuscan Sun

After a crippling divorce Frances Mayes (Diane Lane) seeks to make a new life for herself Under the Tuscan Sun. But healing takes time even in the basking glow of the picturesque Italian countryside. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C+
Violence: A
Sexual Content: C-
Language: D+
Drugs/Alcohol: C+
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MPAA Rating: PG-13
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How We Determine Our Grades

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.

How does Frances’ age compare with the men in her life? What statement might the director be making by including those differences? What challenges or advantages do dissimilar ages play in a relationship?

Was Frances denying her problems and running away from them while seeking refuge in an exotic land? Or was she taking the opportunity to make something better of her life after facing a painful experience? Did she find the happiness she was seeking?

How accurate are the depictions of Italian men and American women in this film? Do they promote stereotypes or reality?

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