St. Elmo's Fire

Movie review by Ellen Twadell, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Soapy 20-something friends saga isn't for kids.

R 1985 110 minutes

Parents say

age 16+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 6 reviews

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age 15+

St. Elmo's fire Review

The film itself was actually pretty interesting. Otherwise, I wouldn't say this is a film for younger children. On that note, I did notice quite a bit of language and it also contained sexual stuff. Other than that, I would say this is pretty good for older teens and adults..

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
age 16+

I saw this 30 yes ago

And then again tonight Time has changed me...it might have been awesome at 22 but now with kids of my own there's got to be something better. They could have shown the downside of drugs and promiscuity but instead glossed over this and lent it an air of normalcy and respectability.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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