Parents' Guide to

St. Elmo's Fire

By Ellen Twadell, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

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

Movie R 1985 110 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 3 parent reviews

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.
age 8+

St Elmo's Fire Is A Great Movie For Family Movie Night In My Humble Opinion

I recently watched one of my favorite movies with my 8-year-old daughter, Kelviana. The movie is appropriate for young children due to its themes of friendship. My daughter enjoyed the movie, and her favorite character was Leslie, although Kevin was also a favorite. She has also developed a crush on Andrew McCarthy. However, since there were some sex scenes and drug use in the movie, I had to cover her eyes during those parts. After finishing this review, we plan to watch "Pretty in Pink." Overall, I think more parents should introduce their children to the Brat Pack genre of films. Both my daughter and I loved it! My 14-year-old, Jules (who was named after Demi Moore's character, whom she loved mainly because they have the same name), also watched it with us, but she's a fan of Rob Lowe. I feel like the group, especially Kevin and Wendy, are great role models for my kids (not my 2-year-old, though, as she's a little too young for this film).

Is It Any Good?

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Written and directed by Joel Schumacher, St. Elmo's Fire is a mediocre attempt at recreating the success of earlier "Brat Pack" films such as The Breakfast Club, Class, and Pretty in Pink. Riding on the coattails of The Big Chill, the film is unsuccessful in eliciting audience identification with its stock characters. From untamable bad boy Billy to poor little rich girl Jules, the film's narrow types provide nothing new to this already beaten-to-death genre.

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