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Lucas Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

A realistic look at a teen's coming-of-age.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this well acted and well-scripted '80s coming-of age film will be too adult for most kids under 12. Older kids get hooked by the appealing characters. We recommend an adult watch this one with them and discuss questionable behavior, including mockery, lying and teen drinking. Parents are absent from children's lives.

  • Families can talk about their own teen children's experience may mirror Lucas's. How do they deal with rejection? How do they reject others out-of-hand?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The victory in this story is when Lucas learns to be himself.

What to watch for
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    Violence: This is a football film with plenty of crashing bodies. The young lead is seriously injured in a football pile-on.

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    Sex: Heavy petting in a movie theater. Talk of "going all the way". A boy's shower scene contains jokes about the male anatomy.

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    Language: One use of the f-word and several milder expressions.

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: References to alcoholic parents and teenage drinking.