Beautiful, INTENSE, Bittersweet *All spoilers listed in order for families to decide if their child is ready*
I have never had an experience quite like the one that I had while seeing this movie. I will be going back to see it again. It certainly tugs at all your heartstrings. I am a sensitive college student who gets scared easily and some parts of this movie did bother me and will stick with me due to their emotional power, however, mature teenagers will be fine with it. NOT a kids movie! Intended for an older audience. Below I will list some spoilers to help families decide if their child is ready because I do think it's a wonderful film, not to be missed by older audiences. The spoilers are meant solely for the purpose of letting families decide what their children can handle. Every child is different (as Mr. Rogers teaches)!
1. Mr. Rogers opens several "doors" on a posterboard with pictures of his friends behind each one. Behind one door is a picture of a shocked man (Lloyd) with a cut on his face, we can see some red. It's played for laughs but might be upsetting to some since we think it's going to be a pleasant picture.
2. Lloyd's sister gets married and some divorce jokes are made; she gets married once a year, etc.
3. There is a sudden moment at the wedding where Lloyd lashes out at his father; a few punches exchanged, and we find out this is how he got his cut. The cut heals throughout the rest of the movie but many characters comment on it. He lies to save face when people ask how he got it.
4. A few profanity words.
5. Lloyd and his wife talk in bed; all clothes on but she rubs his chest. In other scenes, we see him shirtless but nothing promiscuous, he's just talking to Mr. Rogers on the phone while he is in his bed.
6. Lloyd cannot control his anger, and is short with Mr. Rogers, even telling him to "put that stupid puppet away," etc. Think Scrooge. He is also harsh with his wife and especially with his father, ignoring him and lashing out at him.
7. Beloved puppets from "Mr. Roger's Neighborhood" are shown with Mr. Rogers himself operating them. Kids might be disturbed to see that the puppets are not real; again, this is NOT a movie for young kids. Cool for teens and up because you get to see behind the scenes.
8. The most disturbing scene is when Lloyd yells at his dad. His dad left him, his sister, and his mother, cheating with another woman. We learn Lloyd's mother died of an illness, with the protagonist yelling at his father that "death is never quiet." We learn "she left the world screaming, then she went into a coma, then she woke up screaming again." Just paraphrasing but can be upsetting even for adults, as he yells all of this to his father. His father collapses, crying, but then he becomes unconscious. Suspenseful music plays as someone calls 911. Very prolonged scene; we feel the protagonist's helplessness. The father is taken to the hospital; we see the protagonist get close to a breakdown in the hospital because "he hates hospitals." He then ends up fighting with his wife and leaving her to care for his father.
9. The protagonist leaves the hospital, going onto the set of Mr. Roger's show where it turns out Mr. Rogers is filming an episode about hospitals, starring Lloyd. Lloyd faints on set, and there is a dream sequence and in-between dreams, we see a worried Lloyd saying "I hate hospitals." In one dream, we see Lloyd sitting with his mother, who is in a hospital bed hooked up to an IV. She talks with him and we see his reactions, then it goes back and we see the bed is empty. Very sad, tender moment, but this is when he changes for the better.
10. Lloyd's father ends up in a hospice situation; we see Lloyd caring for him. They drink alcohol in a touching scene. Near the end of the movie, we see Lloyd and his family mourning at a grave and we know the dad has passed away.