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5 Conversations to Have with Your Kids After "Star Wars: Episode VIII: The Last Jedi"

Families can talk about everything from strong female characters to the impact of media violence after seeing the latest blockbuster from a galaxy far, far away.

Star Wars fans who are eager to catch up with Rey, Finn, Poe, and the other characters from The Force Awakens are sure to love Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi, which picks up right where the last movie left off. The epic middle installment of the current trilogy has thrilling sci-fi action, as well as several strong female characters, notable diversity within the Resistance, and strong messages of courage, teamwork, hope, and loyalty -- all of which gives families plenty to talk about. Try these topics/questions to get started:

  • Talk about the violence in Star Wars: Episode VIII The Last Jedi. Do scenes of explosions and space battles affect you differently than those of close-up, one-on-one lightsaber duels and killings? Why do you think that is? What makes more of an impact: violence or loss? Why? How does this movie handle both topics?
  • Who are the movie's heroes? How are they role models? Do they demonstrate courage and teamwork?
  • How is diversity -- and the lack thereof -- used to indicate the values of the opposing sides of the conflict in the Star Wars series? Why is it notable that the First Order has very little diversity, while the Republic has a lot of it?
  • Did you notice the strong female characters in the movie? How has the world of Star Wars changed in this respect since the original trilogy (or even the prequels)?
  • Talk about the themes from the previous movies that repeat themselves here. Why are issues of good vs. evil, mentorship, etc., so important to this series? How do they play out on-screen?
Betsy Bozdech

Betsy's experiences working in online parenting and entertainment content were the perfect preparation for her role as Common Sense's editorial director. After earning bachelor's and master's degrees from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism in 1997, she began her editorial career at BabyCenter.com and then served as an editor at Reel.com, Emode.com, and AOL's Digital City before working as the site content manager at Netflix for three years -- and then joining Common Sense Media in 2006. She's a lifelong movie and TV fan (favorites include The Princess Bride, 30 Rock, Some Like It Hot, Saturday Night Live, and Star Wars) and is delighted to have a job that makes keeping up on celebrity and pop culture news a necessity -- which, in turn, helps give her (a little) cred with her two kids.

In her role at Common Sense, Betsy has had the privilege of moderating a Comic-Con panel, serving as a juror for the San Francisco Film Festival, touring the set of Imagination Movers, interviewing filmmakers like The Good Dinosaur's Peter Sohn, and much more. She is also a member of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists.

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