Thumbsucker

Discussion Questions

Please prepare the following questions:

 

1.     How would you describe the basic problem(s) that Justin struggles with throughout the film?  Is he a typical adolescent in your view?

2.     Why does Justin suck his thumb?

3.     How would you describe his family relationships?

4.     Perry the orthodontist (Keanu Reeves) offers at least two perspectives.  What are they and do you agree with either?

5.     What would be your position as a parent with respect to the use of Ritalin with Justin, and with his debate activities?

6.      How is Justin changed by the end of the film and why?