What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this teen coming-of-age drama set in a small Texas town in the early 1980s includes many scenes of partying and teen drinking (mostly beer, but some hard liquor as well), as well as heavy cigarette smoking and a scene of pot smoking. Language is infrequent but fairly strong -- including "s--t" and "a--hole," in addition to some homosexual slurs. There's kissing and some sex, but no nudity is shown. There are also some bullies and fighting. The movie has several female characters who are beginning to assert their identities, but it also treats many other women as objects. The movie isn't particularly good, but some of the actors come from the Twilight franchise, so teens may be interested.
- Families can talk about the smoking and drinking in the movie. Are they glamorized? What are the real-life consequences for both?
- Some of the female characters appear to be asserting their own personalities, but other women are treated as objects or stereotypes. What's the movie's view of women?
- Why is it so hard to leave a small town to take your first big step in life? What are the pros and cons of small-town life -- both in reality and in movies/TV shows?