Parents' Guide to

Tex

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

A very frank and gritty story about two brothers.

Movie PG 1982 103 minutes
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The only one of the popular S.E. Hinton books to be filmed by Disney, this is a bit glossier than the Francis Ford Coppola-directed The Outsiders and Rumble Fish, but still a frank and gritty story. Tex has tougher problems than most kids, but his impulsive approach to dealing with them will seem familiar to many viewers. Tex and Mason are constantly exposed to the consequences of bad choices made by others.

The issue of responsibility is also an important one here. Mason takes on the responsibility of the household, putting enormous pressure on himself. But in "over-parenting," he keeps too much from Tex, and it is only when Tex has to take some responsibility himself that he can begin to think of other people. Sexual involvement by teenagers is an issue as well. Mason's advice to Tex (that a boy should keep going until the girl tells him to stop) is worth discussing with both boys and girls. So is Jamie's ability to make it very clear to Tex that she is not ready to have sex with him.

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