What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that American Graffiti holds up beautifully for teens. Because it's set in the '60s, there is smoking and loads of drinking. There's a fistfight, some off-screen gunshots, drag racing, a car explotion, and a small amount of profanity ("s--t," "damn," hell"). Teens challenge authority, drink and drive, talk about sex, make out, and there's one shot of a boy's naked backside (in a drive-by mooning).
- Families can talk about how older teens feel about leaving home, and moving away from everything they know.
- How does American Graffiti compare with contempory movies about high school kids? How is it different? The same?
- Which characters do you most identify with?