When scientists discover how to shrink humans to five inches tall as a solution to over-population, Paul (Matt Damon) and his wife Audrey (Kristen Wiig) decide to abandon their stressed lives in order to get small and move to a new downsized community--a choice that triggers life-changing adventures.
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- What’s your favourite scene or line from the movie?
- Which character do you identify with the most? Why?
- In what way can this movie be seen as a parable for our (non-downsized) world today?
- How and why does Paul’s (Matt Damon’s) motivation change in the movie? What does he discover in the end?
- What do we usually miss when we try to ‘save the world’?
- The movie tag line is ‘We were meant for bigger things.’ How is that true and how is it ironic?
- In what ways might Ngoc Lan Tran be seen as a stereotype? In what ways might her character be seen as a critique?
- When has a decision in your life left you profoundly disillusioned and shaken? Where did you turn for inspiration to carry on?
- Where do you find wisdom to respond to all the data we know about the crisis of climate change?
- Which Scripture text or wisdom story does Downsizing remind you of?