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The Way

When Tom learns that his adult son has been killed while hiking a pilgrim trail called the Camino de Santiago (The Way of Saint James), the aging father heads overseas to collect Daniel's remains. Once there however, Tom decides to walk to French/Spanish path himself in hopes of finding a connection with his lost child. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: A-
Violence: B+
Sexual Content: B-
Language: C+
Drugs/Alcohol: D
Run Time: 122
Theater Release: 11 Nov 2011
Video Release: 21 Feb 2012
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.

In a conversation between a father and son, Tom defends his sense of responsibility and workaholic tendencies by saying, "This is the life I have chosen." Daniel’s rebuttal for his more bohemian approach is, "I choose to live." How do you feel about their different opinions? Is one lifestyle better than the other? What are the pros and cons of each?

Did the movie leave you pondering your own life? What is it about the story and/or the way the movie is constructed that causes it to have that effect on the viewer?

Learn more about the Camino de Santiago, a trail followed by pilgrims for over 1000 years. This path has added significance for the Sheen/Estevez family, who come from Irish and Spanish descent. Learn more about what motivated this father and son team to make The Way here: http://www.theway-themovie.com/camino.php

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