ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE
Create Lesson Plans About Alcohol and Drug Abuse Using Movies
(Breaking Out; Coming of Age; Alcohol & Drug Abuse; Courage; Crime; Education; Families in Crisis; Surviving; Talent; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Caring; Subjects: U.S./1991 – present and New York) [12+]
(Father/Son; Parenting; Surviving, Work/Career; add the following SEL topics when using TeachWithMovies.org’s student handout for this film entitled Episodes in the Life of Chris Gardner (What’s Not in the Movie): Alcohol & Drug Abuse; Breaking Out; Spousal Abuse; Child Abuse; Education; Male Role Model; Ambition; Ethical Emphasis: Caring; Subjects: U.S./1991 – present and Biography) [12+]
Requiem for a Dream
(2000) MPAA Rating R for intense depiction of drug addiction, graphic sexuality, strong language, and some violence; Director: Darren Aronofsky. This film shows the self-destruction of the major characters, young and old, through addiction to heroin, cocaine, and diet pills (speed). At the beginning of the story they have dreams, but by the end, they are lost due to their addictions. Watching this movie is a searing life experience that will leave vivid memories and perhaps nightmares for years. TWM recommends that this film is shown to those over the age of 16 who are at substantial risk of becoming addicted to a drug or who are already dealing with an addiction. No guide is necessary for this movie. Just put it on let them watch. For minors, teachers should obtain a release from their parents before showing the film.
(Marriage; Romantic Relationships; Alcohol and Drug Abuse; Gambling Addiction; Ethical Emphasis: Respect; Subjects: U.S./1865 – 1913 & Diversity; Cinema; Drama/Musicals; Dance/Performance) [11+]
(Alcohol and Drug Abuse; Education; Families in Crisis; Father/Daughter; Grieving; Ethical Emphasis: Responsibility; Caring; Subjects: U.S./1913 – 1929, Diversity & New York;) [9+]