1. Which do you think is more of a challenge, to love someone else or to be loved by someone else? Why? What do you think the movie would argue?

2. How does the film demonstrate that we need others?

3. I like the scene where Chuckie tells Will that he better not be working construction with him in twenty years, or else . . .. Do you have a friend or friend that pushes you like that? How so? I like Chuckie’s claim that Will owes it to him – how do we owe it to others?

4. Can a person change someone else? Mention a scene from the film to support your argument.

5. Sean keeps asking Will, “What do you want to do?” Will has a hard time answering – it is a pretty basic question, yet a challenging one. How do you try to answer that question in your life – sorry to ask – I am sure that you hear that one plenty these days. Is it better to ask, “What should we do?” Is it a matter of choice or discovery?

6. “I think that’s a super philosophy Will; that way you can go through your entire life without ever really having to know anybody.” What is the danger in getting to know someone? What do they get to find out at the same time?

7. I like Will’s speech at the NSA interview (“why not just shoot my buddy, take his job, give it to his sworn enemy, hike up gas prices, bomb a village, club a baby seal”). What do you think that speech is all about?

8. “I didn’t ask for this.”
“No, you were born with it.”

What do you think of Will’s reasoning there? Do you buy it? Why or why not?

9. “People call those imperfections, but no, that’s the good stuff.”
Do you agree with Sean on this one? Can you give some examples from your own life? Also read Hawthorne’s “Birthmark” while you are at it.

10. A lot of people in class seemed to like this movie – why do you think that is?