Walt is a retired Korean war veteran and a recent widower. His neighborhood has deteriorated, crime has spread, and Walt is caught in the middle of it, confronted with an Asian gang in the neighborhood. One of teenage boys, seeking initiation in the gang, tries to steel his prized 1972 Gran Torino. Walt thwarts the effort, but eventually comes to help the boy pursue a better path. In this faith review by Jonathan Davis, discussion questions are included, involving themes of forgiveness, reconciliation, race relations, and community.
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What does it mean to “bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ”? How and in what ways shall we do it? What does it look like, sound like, feel like, taste like, and smell like to bear one another’ burdens right now? Kim Lee advances this lesson using clips from the movie Coach Carter. Click on the QRcode or scan it to open this lesson.
Potential theological conversations with The Princess and the Frog can occur around the themes of temptation and the nature of evil. The writer suggests that the film could also be used in a series of classes on the Lord’s Prayer when the group reaches “and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”