1. The struggle to live moral lives within the laws of God and nation requires a respect and concern for others not present in the Mafioso lifestyle. As we see Vitti struggle with paying taxes and having a legitimate job, we can laugh at his distaste but also recognize that the only way evil like the Mafia can survive is if the majority of humanity provides a solid foundation to the nation. Consider how evil lives off the good and can only survive as a parasitic organism. Just as there must be honor among thieves, so evil cannot exist without the good. Discuss whether there are any exceptions to this truth.
2. Consider the impact a father has on his children. Consider the importance of the father living the life he wants for his children rather than just dreaming that they can live differently. Consider the modeling that goes into the fathering responsibility.
3. If you were born into a Mafioso family, how would you view life? What would it take for you to be able to break free from the categories and expectations of such a worldview? What should we being doing today to change the lives of those caught in “organized crime?
—Denny and Hal, CinemaInFocus.com
Starring: Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal, Lisa Kudrow, Joe Viterelli, Brian Rogalski | Directed by: Harold Ramis | Produced by: Jane Rosenthal, Paula Weinstein, Robert De Niro, Billy Crystal, Barry Levinson | Written by: Harold Ramis, Peter Tolan, Peter Steinfeld | Distributor: Warner Brothers