What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Jack & Diane is a teen romantic drama with strange, gory horror overtones. For some reason, the female teen lovers turn into monsters during dream sequences. There's shocking violence, spurting blood, and eating of human organs, as well as some disturbing interludes involving what looks like growing/moving hair among human organs. In addition to scenes of the lovers kissing and fondling each other and more, there are also uncomfortable/upsetting sexual scenes involving teens on the Internet (a teen girl is drugged, and two boys masturbate on her unconscious body). Teens also drink regularly and occasionally smoke cigarettes. Language is likewise strong, with uses of "f--k," "s--t," and "p---y." Jack & Diane has been billed as a horror film, but teens who watch it with this in mind will surely be disappointed.
- Families can talk about Jack & Diane's violent scenes. What is their impact? Are they necessary to the story?
- How does the movie depict sex? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding sex and relationships.
- How do the characters deal with sex on the Internet? Are they victims or survivors? Is there a better way to deal with these things?
- What audience do you think the filmmaker is trying to appeal to? Does he succeed?