What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that LOL stars Miley Cyrus in the American adaptation of a popular French coming-of-age drama that tackles mature topics including teen sexuality, drug experimentation, divorce, and parent-child relationships. Younger fans of Cyrus' Disney series Hannah Montana might be curious to see her first role since The Last Song, but be warned that the adolescent themes are really heavy handed. While not raunchy like an American Pie-type comedy, much is made of losing virginity, hooking up, sexting, and even trying to seduce a hot teacher. And it's not just teens having sex and doing drugs (marijuana) and drinking -- the adults do it, too. Language is common but not constant ("s--t," "a--hole," "bitch," etc.), and the visible products are mostly technology-related (MacBooks, Facebook, smartphones).
- Families can talk about LOL's representation of teen sexuality. How realistically does the movie depict the issues that teens face when deciding to have sex? What are the dangers of sexting?
- Is the movie's mother-daughter relationship believable? Is it a good example of how teens and parents should communicate about tough issues?
- Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding sex and relationships.