Great Movie for Teens Who Are Ready
I loved this movie when it first came out, and I am looking forward to being able to watch it with my teen. I am holding off due to the normalization of drug use, but the central character does have an awfully good time without them. There are actually some strong anti-drug messages in the movie as well, which may help balance the impact. There are some inappropriate sexual relationships (adult men with teenage girls-maybe they are 18 and the men are 20-somethings, and it was the '70s, but still, not great). Overall, though, a great coming-of-age story about an ambitious teen boy navigating an adult world in a mostly-responsible way. The characters are endearing, and the central character does offer a mostly-good role model through his responsibility and kindness toward others as he navigates some interesting ethical questions and comes through with integrity. A solid 14 year-old may be able to handle the sex scenes and nudity, but it may be best to wait until 16 for this one, depending on teens' maturity level and parents' comfort with exposing kids to sexuality (uncommitted sexual relationships abound in this flick).
This title contains:
Positive role models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking