david prown 120The other day, I went to see “Men, Women & Children” playing at the Bow-Tie in Red Bank and the 1:59 running time-line fit the slot. Absolutely no clues about the film... so I sat back to enjoy.

The cast of this film includes Jennifer Garner, Adam Sandler, J.K. Simmons, Dennis Haysbert & more.

This is one heavy, serious, disturbing and well made movie.

No way can this do well in the box office; HOWEVER, pretty darn thought-provoking if you are raising a teenager (a nearly impossible and scary job in today’s world).

I’m going to quote the plot summary from moviefone.com here to explain this film and them I’m following up:

“MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives. The film attempts to stare down social issues such as video game culture, anorexia, infidelity, fame hunting, and the proliferation of illicit material on the internet. As each character and each relationship is tested, we are shown the variety of roads people choose - some tragic, some hopeful - as it becomes clear that no one is immune to this enormous social change that has come through our phones, our tablets, and our computers.

This was a heck of an explanation of a complex (but not confusing) film and really it is amazing that I keep thinking about this movie.. What is interesting to watch is “how far/intrusive” the different parents extend into their childrens lives to protect them vs. live vicariously thru them.

If only half of what is portrayed is true, I’m still freaked out. I’m not sure what is harder these days; to be a teenager or a parent of a teenager. What became clear to me, and moreso every day, the path set up at home (including values, self esteem, goals etc.) is a major impact on young people everywhere.

I would definitely go see this film on $6 tuesday at the Bow Tie.