perfect for high schoolers
I identified with Claire (Molly Ringwald's character) because she's more innocent and naive than the others. I was that way when I was a teenager, and to some extent I still am. At times Claire had to tell the others, sometimes rather bluntly, to back off. Unfortunately, I have to do that at times too.
Bender was disrespectful to the detention supervisor, but again the detention supervisor was disrespectful not only to Bender, but to everyone. While Bender was wrong to act disrespectfully, as 2 wrongs don't make a right, the detention supervisor had it coming to him. Respect goes both ways. In other words, it's a 2 way street.
The message of the movie is that, underneath our exteriors, we all have complex personalities. This movie also shows how life experiences shape who we are. If your teens understand the potential dangers of marijuana, everything will be fine. This is a movie they should watch.