Talk to your kids about…
This movie deals with religious topics (good versus evil, guardian angels, fallen angels and immortality). It portrays the Devil as a character, yet never mentions God. Why do you think Hollywood films are willing to depict Lucifer, but don’t recognize God as a specific entity?
If you do the math, one of the “mortal” characters in this film is over 100-years-old, yet in the movie this person appears to be about 70 and is still running a complex corporation. (Perhaps this wasn’t a problem with the book, where present time would have been the year the book was published - 1983.) What other “holes” can you find within this movie (or other movies)? Do you think directors and screenwriters are aware of these flaws? Do you think audiences care? When does this kind of lack of attention to plot plausibility become severe enough to ruin a movie?
A character in this movie is suffering from “consumption”, an archaic name for what is now known as tuberculosis. While characters within the film claim the disease is not contagious, that is far from accurate. (Some of the other symptoms and treatments are just as fanciful.) This highly communicable ailment is still a major cause of death in many parts of Africa and Asia. In other places in the world vaccination programs have had great success in controlling this disease. Read more about tuberculosis here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuberculosis