The Joy Luck Club
This drama based on a novel by Amy Tan follows four Chinese women living in California who gather weekly to play mah-jongg and share stories. They also enjoy sharing stories about their daughters, lamenting some of the younger generation's choices.
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- Wayne Wang
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Chinese Mandarin: Dolby Digital 2.0 SurroundOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this film includes scenes of family expulsion and conflict, rape, child abandonment, parental death, spousal abuse (both physical and mental), and suicide. While not actually very racy, raunchy, or violent by today's standards, each story includes extremely upsetting material. This warning is more about emotional content than any graphic sex, violence, or language.
- Sexual Content
- Implied rape, one sex scene in long shot with no nudity.
- More emotional abuse than actual physical violence. The film does include the drowning of a baby, spousal abuse, implied rape, self-mutilation, and suicide.
- Occasional swearing, but usually in subtitles and minor.
- Social Behavior
- This film tells the story of several very strong women; however, they each overcome oppression by some seriously bad people. While the women display physical and mental strength, undying family devotion, and abilities to persevere in terrible situations, others--often spouses or family members--are mentally, verbally, and physically abusive and altogether oppressive.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Nothing aside from casual drinking. A character overdoses after eating opium.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it