Stories of our Lives



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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Discussion Questions

  1. What’s your favourite scene or line from the movie?

  2. Which character do you identify with the most? Why?

  3. In what way can this movie be seen as a parable for our (non-downsized) world today?

  4. How and why does Paul’s (Matt Damon’s) motivation change in the movie? What does he discover in the end?

  5. What do we usually miss when we try to ‘save the world’?

  6. The movie tag line is ‘We were meant for bigger things.’ How is that true and how is it ironic?

  7. In what ways might Ngoc Lan Tran be seen as a stereotype? In what ways might her character be seen as a critique?

  8. When has a decision in your life left you profoundly disillusioned and shaken? Where did you turn for inspiration to carry on?

  9. Where do you find wisdom to respond to all the data we know about the crisis of climate change?

  10. Which Scripture text or wisdom story does Downsizing remind you of?

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