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

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?

About Betsy Bozdech

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Betsy's experiences working in online parenting and entertainment content were the perfect preparation for her role as Common Sense's executive editor of ratings and reviews. After earning bachelor's and master's... Read more

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Adult written by JCRZ

I completely agree! As a parent definitely there are some movies that have scenes or themes that are good to talk about afterwards, but this was not one of them! Fully agree that trying to turn a fun movie into a learning discussion is a total buzz kill. Some things can just be fun and that's okay! I followed the link to this article thinking maybe I'd missed something. My post movie discussion with my ten year old went like this: That was AWESOME!!!! Did you like it? Ten year old: yeah!!!!;!
Teen, 17 years old written by Liv_op

This article makes kids not want to see movies if they have to discuss "moral" lessons. I wouldn't want to go to a movie then it be a buzzkill having to talk about why there is violence at the end.
Adult written by Alicia I.

I think these are suggestions for parents to make sure their kids understand the difference between reality and fantasy. Older teens understand abstract thinking whereas younger teens are just beginning to understand those concepts. As parents, our job is to make sure our kids have the tools to make educated decisions. Personally, I think some of these questions are rather interesting and information. I have take PhD courses where we have discussed the Matrix. All ages can learn from what we are seeing portrayed in not only the media, but also in Hollywood. In that respect, I encourage my kids to seek out the truth, look for hidden and non-hidden meanings, and to stand up for their beliefs. You have a good point, but please remember that we never stop learning. #43goingon25andinschoolAGAIN