What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this British boarding-school comedy will probably appeal most to teens who enjoy quirky and/or independent films -- though they won't find any positive role models or messages here. Although it's all played for laughs, the students engage in inappropriate behavior like sellingblack-market goods (including vodka) and coming up with illegal ways tosave their school from ruin. There's also some salty language (though "hell" and "whore" are probably the worst of it), moderate sexuality (girls walk around in lingerie, and there's a brief glimpse of an adult man's naked bum), and a fair amount of drinking among the faculty.
- Families can talk about the way British high school culture is depicted in the movie. Are there similar social castes and cliques in American high schools?
- Boarding schools are a much bigger part of British society than American society. How are boarding schools depicted in most American movies?
- Although the movie is a comedy, there are a lot of outlandishly negative messages about teenage behavior. What would the consequences of this kind of behavior (drinking, sexuality, etc.) be in real life?