A young girl comes of age in a dysfunctional, nomadic family, with a mother who's an eccentric artist and an alcoholic father who tries to use imagination to distract his children from their poverty.
“Based on Jeanette Walls’ 2005 best-selling memoir of the same name, the film recounts the very unconventional upbringing Walls (Larson) and her siblings had at the hands of their dysfunctional parents, alcoholic Rex (Harrelson) and artist Rose Mary (Watts). The poverty-stricken family was constantly on the move as Rex was unable to keep a stable job. After running away from home, Walls became a successful New York-based journalist.” — IndieWire
When to watch: August 11, 2017 in theaters nationwide
Take action: “The Glass Castle” is a star-studded film that is sure to gain national attention, especially because the book was loved by so many people. The film touches on issues including mental illness, alcoholism, child abuse, and poverty and homelessness. Consider hosting a screening to discuss issues featured in the both the film and the book. Organizations also can use the film’s depiction of the author’s alcoholic father to spark conversation on social media about the ways a family member’s struggle with alcohol can affect children.
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