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Protecting grief from "closure," consumerism, politics, and other cultural distortions

Grief and Violence in The Lego Movie (Spoiler Alert)

He is angry towards his father. Expressing his anger, the boy imagines and then acts out violent attacks: beheadings, explosions, shootings, and pushing people off a cliff. And in the end, he gets what he wants—and wins the girl too. Read More

That ISNT what happens. It

That ISNT what happens. It happens in real but EMmet falls into the real world through the portal, it's actually happening!! Ok, some parts are sad, and others violent, but it's basically a child friendly movie. Read the reviews on the cover

Thanks for your comment.

Thanks for your comment. What is "child friendly" depends on what we want children to learn. I understand that many people will have a different opinion on that and find the movie perfectly fine. I offer another perspective to consider.

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Nancy Berns, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Drake University and the author of Closure: The Rush to End Grief and What It Costs Us.


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