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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Treatment of women typical of the period
Violence & Scariness
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Much of the plot revolves around Maggie's attempts to get Brick to sleep with her so she can get pregnant. Reference to infidelity.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Brick has a drinking problem.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the characters in this movie lie to each other and keep secrets from each other. One of the characters is an alcoholic. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This classic, powerfully acted film, based on Tennessee Williams' play, is about a family that has been damaged more by lies than by greed. They lie to Big Daddy about the results of his tests. Brick lies to himself about what really went on with Skipper. Gooper and his wife lie about their feelings for Big Daddy. And Maggie lies about being pregnant. It is worth discussing the different kinds of lies and the different motivations behind them, and the impact the truth has on the characters, when they are finally confronted with it. Compare this family's method of accomplishing its goals with the methods of some other movie families, to see which interactions make families stronger and which tear them apart.
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