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Water For Elephants

The big tent is up and the circus stars are ready to put on a show. But it is the behind-the-scenes drama that has tensions flying high when a young veterinary school dropout (Robert Pattinson) joins the circus and falls in love with the ringmaster's wife (Reese Witherspoon). Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C+
Violence: C-
Sexual Content: C-
Language: C+
Drugs/Alcohol: C-
Run Time: 121
Theater Release: 22 Apr 2011
Video Release: 01 Nov 2011
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.

How does the movie create a disdain for August? Is it important that viewers dislike him in order to justify the film’s ending? Why do moviemakers often avoid sympathetic villains?

What challenges do these circus performers endure? Why are they motivated to continue with their jobs? Do they have any other alternatives?

Sara Gruen penned Water for Elephants as part of National Novel Writing Month held every year in November.

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