What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that THE OUTSIDERS is a film adaptation of a novel detailing teen gang violence in the 1950s. Characters drink, smoke, get in fights, harass schoolchildren, use knives and guns, and commit murder. One character is severely burned and dies. Additionally, the film deals frankly with class stratification. Several of the main characters have troubled home situations.
- Families can talk about class divisions. Why does Cherry tell Ponyboy that she cannot talk to him at school? What makes the division between the socs and the greasers readily apparent? What can explain the origin of the rivalry between the two groups?