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By Randy White, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

A realistic look at a teen's coming-of-age.

Movie PG-13 1986 100 minutes
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age 11+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 13+

One of the best teenage movies out there, but beware of some strong language and heavy themes

This is a very entertaining movie that explores teenagers and their struggles very well, and handles it with poignancy and sensitivity. The characters are likeable and the acting is good. I would recommend this for older kids who want to enjoy a good story about an underdog going the distance and proving his worth, but parents be advised there are several uses of GD, one f word and other profanities, inappropriate jokes about penis size, older jock teenagers threatening the main character and the theme of a high school love triangle and one kid going all the way for his high school crush may be too much for some to handle, especially outsiders who have been turned down by a crush or who struggle with fitting in. Lucas' dad is never seen and is revealed to be an alcoholic. The movie does have good role models though and the ending is sure to give anyone who watches it hope. Just be aware that some themes may be hard for teenagers to handle and some of the language is rough, but this is a very entertaining, well made movie that celebrates people for who they genuinely are and it has its heart in the right place.

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Too much swearing
age 8+

cute movie.

Lucas is hear warming and friendly. if I ever watch it again I may cry. but a good movie for everyone. Lucas is special like me and all of us!!!

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (6 ):

Though this movie takes its time developing, a terrific young cast and understated comic sensibility make this heartwarming mid-'80s sleeper a winner. Lucas is an honest portrayal of the highs and lows of adolescent life. Viewers may cringe and even laugh at Lucas' outrageous antics, but they'll also sympathize with him. That's because no matter how clever Lucas is at covering the pain of being rejected, he's still the outsider who desperately wants to fit in.

The supporting characters are impressively complex as well. In most films of this sort, Charlie Sheen's football player would be the obvious villain. Playing against type of the stereotypical coldhearted jock, Sheen's character looks out for Lucas, even while he's falling for the girl Lucas loves. The casting is good all around. Excellent early performances from Haim and Sheen, as well as Winona Rider in her film debut, do much to place this teen-angst film a cut above most.

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