Makes you think
This film makes one think about what constitutes a "good life." A long one in which you pass up opportunities that could be dangerous, or a short one in which you take chances? And the film does not -- as so many do-- offer sentimental, easy answers. Many films about people with disabilities seem overwrought and maudlin, but "My Boy Jack" is very well done, indeed, and nearly 100% factual.
I am an educator and use this with grade 9 in conjunction with "The Miracle Worker" and "The Scarlet Ibis."
Of course there is violence. Of course the language is not that of a Victorian parlor. Yes, people smoke. We spend part of the time on the battlefield in WWI in the early 1900s!