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Common Sense Media says

Moody coming-of-age drama has sex, drinking, language.

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Adult Written byAdriana62 June 11, 2014
AGE
15
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Great, intense

Can you fix the cast, it should say Nat Wolff not Alex Wolff.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 17 years old Written byB-KMastah May 24, 2014
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16
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A realistic, beautiful, sad, subtle, and strong movie about teen life.

I am now convinced that the Coppolas' talents are genetic. I have the most appreciation for films that find the odd beauty in sad and/or ordinary things, and like Sofia, Gia Coppola proves that she can do that super well. This movie is engaging the entire time thanks to how realistic it is, and the performances are great from everyone. I've always liked Emma Roberts but she definitely proves her own talent here, and everyone else - specifically Nat Wolff and Jack Kilmer - is solid as well. My favorite thing about this is probably its realism, which is so well executed. The kids are perfectly nuanced and their experiences and daily lives are so well realized, and that's where the direction comes into discussion. This seems super influenced by Harmony Korine's downbeat tone, specifically the film Kids, which he wrote. The structure is a lot like Kids and it works super well, and the style seems to be like Harmony Korine crossed with Sofia Coppola. Either way, the tone and feel of the movie is terrific and suits the material and performances perfectly. The characters are surprisingly well defined in their subtly, and combined with the acting, even the most despicable characters are given a range of sympathetic depth. The film is shot well and the music is good, but it feels like all of this falls under the direction. Gia Coppola is definitely one to watch out for, and it seems that she'll have a great career. 9/10, terrific, two thumbs up, far above average, etc.
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Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 16 years old Written byfrench.cats February 20, 2015
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14
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Sad, beautiful, and true to life

A lot of smoking and drinking (and I do mean a lot), but overall a very enjoyable movie. It is brutally honest, unlike most modern teen movies: it stays true to the real hardships of high school and is not romanticized. Parents, be prepared to understand the truth behind the pretty lies that high school puts kids through (although don't worry, there are good things about high school too!)! And enjoy the (though briefly shown) romance!!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking