Connect with us


3 Parent-Tween Conversation Starters from ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

Here are three conversation starters you can talk about after seeing Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Spread the love



Photo by LJ from Pexels

One of the earliest films I remember watching as a child was Star Wars: A New Hope. I was around six years old, and it was on VHS on a small 1980’s TV. Think Stranger Things era, without … well, the stranger things.

While I was just a mild enthusiast (who may have envied Princess Leia’s hair), my husband Ted was a bit of a fanatic as a kid. I have twin Star Wars-themed sheets in the closet and a plethora of memorabilia in the garage to support that statement.

Over thirty years later, Ted and I have now introduced our four girls to Star Wars.

It’s been fun to watch them experience these old stories for the first time. And, perhaps even more fun, to enjoy brand new Star Wars’ adventures with them.

For the past two years, our Christmas season has included a family outing to the movie theater to see that year’s film. In 2015, it was Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Last year, it was Star Wars: Rogue One.

This week, one of my daughters and I had the opportunity to see this year’s Star Wars’ film, The Last Jedi. While The Force Awakens still ranks as my favorite, this film gave us a lot of great things to talk about afterward.

3 Parent-Tween Conversation Starters from Star Wars: The Last Jedi

If you see Star Wars: The Last Jedi with your tween, here are three conversation starters you can talk about afterward over pizza or sushi.

1. Save What You Love

In a galactic war movie such as The Last Jedi, it’s easy for characters to get caught up in fighting what they hate. Yet, this film presents us with this idea instead: Save what you love.

It’s a great conversation starter with your tween on what motivates the battles we choose and the choices we make in those battles.

2. Failure Is a Good Teacher

Several of the characters struggle with a sense of failure. They feel defeated by their past choices. I think we can all relate to this on some level. At the same time, though, these characters are challenged to view failure as a teacher.

This film presents us with a great opportunity to talk to our tweens about failure. We can encourage them to, as some of these characters, choose to learn and grow as a result of failing.

3. Anyone Can Be a Hero

In this film, sometimes a hero is easy to recognize. Other times, he or she isn’t. Heroes don’t always fit into a mold or even do what we expect them to. As I watched, I kept thinking, “Anyone can be a hero,” and I found that inspiring.

The Last Jedi is a great conversation starter with your tween on what a true hero is. It offers you a beginning point to talk to them about what being a hero in their everyday life may look like.

Make the Most of Your Viewing Experience

Sure, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is an edge-of-the-seat (and funny, at times too) film to enjoy with your tween. Yet, with some intention, you can go beyond that and let this new film be an opportunity to have meaningful conversations with your tween.

[Disclosure: Tickets were provided for review, but all thoughts are my own.]

Spread the love

Ashleigh Slater is the author of the books Braving Sorrow Together: The Transformative Power of Faith and Community When Life is Hard and Team Us: The Unifying Power of Grace, Commitment, and Cooperation in Marriage. With over twenty years of writing experience and a master’s degree in communication, she loves to combine the power of a good story with practical application to encourage and inspire readers. Ashleigh lives in Atlanta with her husband, Ted, and four daughters.

Welcome to Ungrind!

Do you want to be inspired, motivated, and equipped to live the everyday story of your life well?

If so, you’re in the right place. Whether you need encouragement in your relationships or in your faith, I hope you’ll find the transparent voices of mentors and friends here at Ungrind.

So, grab a cup of coffee and keep reading. We're so glad you're here!

Ashleigh Slater, Founder & Managing Editor

Get Our Free Ebook!

Sign up to receive weekly emails from Ungrind and you’ll get the free ebook, Better Together. Be encouraged by stories of hope from women just like you!

Latest Articles

What Women Are Saying

"Ungrind speaks to women who yearn to look beyond the surface and get to the heart of life; whose purposes and loves are eternal. Their articles are practical, spiritual, and encouraging. In a world of shiny treasures that will corrode before we can blink, Ungrind helps us focus on the things that matter -- remembering that we are, first and foremost, women of God."

--Rachel Starr Thomson, author of Heart to Heart: Meeting With God in the Lord's Prayer

Featured Resource

"Real life is not always pleasant. Every marriage experiences disappointments, misunderstandings, sickness and financial crisis. Ashleigh doesn’t camouflage the pain in her own marriage, and offers practical ideas on how to walk through the difficulties and find intimacy on the journey. If you are anything like me, I predict that as you read, you too will find yourself laughing, wiping tears, and saying 'Oh, yes.'"

-- Gary Chapman, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The 5 Love Languages


We are a member of the Amazon affiliate program and regularly use affiliate links. If you purchase an item from an Amazon link we provide, we will receive a small referral commission. This doesn’t cost you anything additional. We only share books, music, and products that our writers personally have used and highly recommend.



3 Parent-Tween Conversation Starters from ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

by Ashleigh Slater time to read: 3 min