This is just a plug for a great film!
If you have hesitated to see THE BIG SHORT because you thought it would be:
- filled with too much swearing to watch in front of the kids
…we had our kids watch it and it was FANTASTIC.
Our youngest kids are fourteen. Neither of them had any economics before seeing the movie. In fact, I would say neither of them was terribly interested in the subject. But that had all changed by the end of the movie.
For those of you who missed this one, THE BIG SHORT is about the financial crisis of 2008 and a bunch of guys who bet against the market and won. It’s not only a dramatic story, but it aims to make complicated financial dealings understandable. Yes, it worked for my fourteen year olds.
They understood it. They understood the stakes. They were amused (yes!) at the humor. And no, the vulgarities were not too over-the-top for family viewing.
It was a great substitute for an economics lesson–much more engaging than a lecture about supply and demand or mortgages. In our state, a semester of economics is a required course for public school graduation, and my older two kids had to study fairly hard in order to understand the complexities of a subject they had never thought about before. Rent The Big Short and solve some of your kids’ economics jitters right now!