What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that an attractive blonde female character is portrayed as the quintessential "dumb blonde." Frequent moderate profanity, much of it sexually themed. An obscene finger gesture, with the character mouthing the action's meaning. Lots of teen drinking (some resulting in vomiting), and a teacher drinks from a flask. Some smoking. Teens organize a large party when Berke's parents are away. Striker cheats on Allison. Striker bribes stagehands to set off explosives during the play. Some flatulence and jokes about defecating in the pool. Countless sex-related jokes. Berke's parents host a relationship advice show; they demonstrate sexual positions, discuss erotic apparatus, and encourage their son to experiment sexually. Female characters wear revealing clothing. A "hormonally imbalanced" dog attempts to mount various objects. Berke enters the basketball court wearing a jock strap (rear view nudity). Berke and friends go to a strip club on sadomasochism night where a dominatrix places Berke in a suspension harness. Mostly slapstick violence--Berke drunkenly falls off a roof and is hit by a basketball, and a rigged explosion launches Striker into the orchestra pit. Berke and Striker fight. Felix punches Berke for kissing his sister. An accident-prone girl causes a series of violent mishaps (she lights someone on fire, hits a man in a wheelchair, etc.). Kelly points a loaded crossbow at Berke, accidentally fires, and wounds him.
- Families can talk about whether this is a realistic portrayal of teen life and high school. Do many movies "get" what it's like to be a teenager? Which ones do, and which don't? What do you think about how the adults, especially Berke's parents, behave? Are they good role models?