Information for parents about the film "The Great Gatsby."
Smoking/drinking: The setting is New York in 1922, and opulence is all the rage with the wealthy and the socialites. Alcohol is flowing at parties, and there are plenty of cigarettes and cigars.
Sensuality: There are many hints of clandestine meetings when spouses are not looking. A married man and his married mistress are overheard from another room. The woman comes out in her underwear and a robe. During a small party, the participants strip to their underwear. Many dancers wear skimpy costumes. A man and woman are shown in bed together, seemingly without clothes.
Violence: World War I explosions are depicted in flashbacks. A woman is struck by an automobile (very dramatically and somewhat graphically). A woman is slapped by a man. A man is punched outside Gatsby’s gates. A man shoots another man, then takes his own life.
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