What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this intense indie drama perfectly captures the chaos of adolescence, from the body changes that teens experience to their struggle to grasp both the concept and reality of love. That said, it deals with mature themes, including infidelity, chronic illness, and marital discord, with adults seeming as confounded by love and life as the teens. There's lots of swearing and talk about sex, plus some partial nudity. There are also intimations of violence and a persistent sense of sadness and tragedy.
- Families can talk about whether this movie offers a more realistic look at teen life than other films or TV shows do. Why or why not? How does it approach teen relationships? What role does sex play? Families can also discuss what's happening to the characters. Why are Scott's parents growing distant from each other? And how does their tenuous marriage affect their sons? Does Scott's relationship with his older brother help or hurt his ability to cope with the problems his parents have?