Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that When Zachary Beaver Came to Town is a 2003 coming-of-age movie that deals with some emotional topics that could be difficult for some kids. For instance, a beloved "big brother" figure in the movie dies in war, and the sorrow and grief of the family and friends when they are informed of his death is shown in heart wrenching detail. Also, a tween boy wrestles with the difficulties he has over the possibility that his mother might not come back after leaving their small Texas town in the hopes of becoming a famous country singer. And then there's Zachary Beaver, a morbidly obese boy who seems to be exploited as a freak show act by his legal guardian. There's also some profanity used by tweens, including like "sucks," "son of a bitch," "fat-ass," and "dammit."
Mild preteen kissing and flirtation.
A beloved character dies, and the sorrow and grief of the family and friends when they are informed of this death is shown in heart wrenching detail. Mild peril, as a boy trying to cross a rickety ladder between two silos nearly falls when the ladder begins to break. Two best friends get into a physical altercation in a lake. Bullies kick at the trailer door where an overweight boy lives while calling him names; the two lead boys in the movie retaliate by throwing rocks at the bullies.
On occasion, preteens use words like "sucks," "son of a bitch," "fat-ass," and "dammit." When a pretty girl walks by and smiles at one of the main preteen characters, his friend tells him "She wants you."
Through discussion and example, this film shows young characters learning to be considerate and empathetic toward those they consider to be "different."
The Rock Star Games logo appears in one of the preteen's bedrooms through posters hanging on his walls.
Drugs / Tobacco /
The owner of the local diner frequently appears intoxicated, sipping from a flask while mumbling.