What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that ROCK 'N' ROLL HIGH SCHOOL is a 1970s-era, drive-in-style, anti-authority comedy with music by the punk band the Ramones. There's hardly any good behavior here; the teen characters are rebellious and reckless, and the authority figures are mean and rigid and soul-sucking; it's impossible not to root for the teens. Of course, even today's teens will love to see other teens standing up to and humiliating their elders, and in many ways, it's good clean fun. But the movie contains heavy sexual innuendo (no nudity) and some overt use of cigarettes, drugs, and liquor by teens. The movie wouldn't be worth talking about, however, without the Ramones, who have gone on to occupy a seminal, pioneering place in rock history; some parents may be interested in braving the objectionable material to introduce teens to this great music.
- Families can talk about rebellion. Does Riff Randell choose a healthy and constructive way to stand up to Miss Togar and her agenda? What are some of the other options she could have chosen?
- Does rock 'n' roll really contribute to the rebelliousness of teens?
- Why does Tom have so much trouble talking to girls? What is it about Riff that attracts him? Do you think his fancy van is good a way of getting girls to like him?