What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this coming-of-age drama takes place at a girls' boarding school where the central teen characters deal with issues of sexuality, depression, and suicidal behavior. There are lots of sexual overtones to the film, including a couple of sex scenes, some kisses, and brief nudity in a shower scene (a girl's breasts are shown briefly before she hides); also, two girls are shown in a bath together and kiss for a moment. Two of the relationships are between a married man and a high-school senior (one is consummated, the other stalls at overt flirting). Language is on the tame end for an R rating, but there's some underage alcohol and drug use (marijuana and cigarettes). Amidst all the iffy stuff, the movie does have some positive messages about unconditional friendship and making painful decisions.
- Families can talk about the teen relationships depicted in the film. Did you find the girls' friendships relatable? Would you consider any of the characters to be role models?
- How was sexuality portrayed in the movie? Which of the girls had healthy romantic relationships?
- What are some other well-known boarding-school movies? Do the ones featuring all boys' schools differ in scope? How?