In the movie “Growing Up Smith”, Smith’s mother says he can have a Halloween costume after dinner as a Diwali present. The movie claims Diwali and Halloween were on the same day, would this be factual?
Diwali is a five day celebration also known as the “festival of lights”. Diwali falls between October and November, but the exact dates change each year based on the Hindu lunar calendar. “Growing Up Smith” took place in 1979, based on this information, did Diwali fall on or around Halloween? It is an easy fact to look up!
Butch’s motorcycle has meaning for Smith. Do you remember what it is? What kind of motorcycle does Butch have?
At first Butch and his wife are seen as culturally insensitive to Smith’s family. What does Butch do that makes Smith feel like he can trust Butch? What other connections does Smith make with Butch? When the grown-up Smith comes home to his parents from India what does he see Butch doing? How does that make Smith feel.
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One of the cultural Indian customs presented in this movie are arranged marriages. If you recall, Smith is shown a picture of his intended bride at a very young age. He later is sent back to India to live with his grandparents and eventually marries this woman.
Below is a link to a factual article related to arranged marriages in India.
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Welcome to Online Movie Chat: Classic Rewinds
The Movie Chat Club is a group that meets exclusively online. On the first Tuesday of the month a movie will be unveiled. Every Tuesday during the month interesting tidbits (Tuesday Tidbits) relating to the movie you are watching will be posted. Throughout the month you will be able to posts your comments and view the thoughts of other members through a special link posted on our website. You will have access to the monthly movie by borrowing from the Library, using the Over Drive and Hoopla Collections, or your own personal streaming membership such as Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, or Roku.
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Our movie for the month of January is Growing Up Smith. (It is available through the Library, Hoopla, or your own personal streaming memberships.)
This is the story of an Indian family that moves to America in 1979 with the hope of living the American Dream. Their 10-year-old son, Smith, has his own idea of what the American Dream is and this propels him and his family further away from their traditional ideals than ever before.
After viewing the movie, we would love to hear from you. Questions and information pertaining to the movie will be posted every Tuesday of the month. Please respond to these Tuesday Tidbits under the comments section.
Your first Tuesday Tidbits is:
Did you learn anything from this movie? If you did, what was it? How many stars would you give the movie Growing Up Smith?