I just saw a preview for Men, Women and Children, so I did a little research, (key word, little), and here’s what I’ve found.
So the storyline according to IMDb, says,
“Men, Women and Children follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives. The film attempts to stare down social issues such as video game culture, anorexia, infidelity, fame hunting, and the proliferation of illicit material on the internet. As each character and each relationship is tested, we are shown the variety of roads people choose – some tragic, some hopeful – as it becomes clear that no one is immune to this enormous social change that has come through our phones, our tablets, and our computers. Written by Paramount Pictures”
This movie was released in selected theaters across the U.S. on October 1. I’m curious as to the reaction it will hail from teenagers, parents and fans of Adam Sandler, who played the widowed-father to three girls in Blended, (2014) with supporting actor Drew Barrymore.
When you’re young you think you’re invincible, but when you start to get up there in age about 25+ you start to question what you do, and what you say. I’m 28 and there are a few things I wish I could take back or erase. In the real world, there are no directors to yell, “CUT.” This is the real world even if you hide behind a computer, a phone or a tablet, and everything you say and or do is documented. You have to live with the choices you make, which is why it’s a never ending job for us as parents to never stop listening and never stop offering advice even if our children are no longer under your roof.
I can count on my fingers and toes the times when I needed someone in the form of a motherly or fatherly figure to sympathize with me, allow me to cry on their shoulder, laugh with me to lighten the load, or assure me that everything was going to be alright. I’ve found a few (whom I am grateful for), and I hope you will find someone as well. Just today at the store, a lady in her sixties, who looked fabulous by the way, said, “life will get better as you age, and even if you’ve made some bad decisions, don’t ever give up!” I thanked her for that because it was something that I needed to hear at this point in my life.
Men, Women an Children is rated R, so I’m sure there will be some content in there not mature for everyone, so before you drag your tween to the movies with you be sure it’s what you want them to see. It may be content in there that you may have to explain after the credits if you haven’t had the discussion already, and once the image or message is in their head it may stay there for awhile, so viewer discretion is advised.
Well, that’s all I have to say, if I find more info, I’ll update this post. I hope this film will open a discussion for parents and their children and will make us all aware of the content we send and share.