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St. Elmo's Fire Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 16+

Soapy 20-something friends saga isn't for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that sex and relationships play key roles in the plot of this film. While the love-making scenes are respectful and discreet, there are some frank discussions about sex in the film. Scenes feature strong language, infidelity, acts of violence, and a suicide attempt. Characters sometimes drink in excess and behave badly as a result. One character has a cocaine problem that her friends address.

  • Families can talk about the struggles of adulthood. Parents could offer unique insights about entering "the real world" in their post-school days. What kinds of responsibilities come with entering the workforce? How can the support of friends affect one's ability to develop into an adult?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Issues of infidelity in relationships, an unflattering view of welfare recipients, a father gives up care of his baby, characters fight, one attempts to force romantic attentions on another.

What to watch for
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    Violence: A few fist-fights, a scary moment when one threatens to drop another off a fire escape.

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    Sex: Discreet nudity in several love scenes, frank discussions of sex .

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    Language: Occasional strong language.

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Excessive drinking with consequences, a character frequently uses cocaine on-screen.