It is a very good movie, there are positive (good-looking) role models and positive messages. For example, when Darry gives up college to keep his family together. The Outsiders encourages compassion and loyalty, and to not be limited by the boundaries of segregation. I mean, when Randy says, " I never thought a Greaser could do something like that", I thought, he finally got it. It also shows that fighting doesn't really solve anything. I mean, where did that get Johnny? When Johnny says "There's no point", it is actually very logical. "You can't win, even if you whip us, you'll still be where you were before. The bottom. Greasers will still be greasers and Socs will still be Socs." -Randy. THAT was a breakthrough, because it not only states that even the baddest ( Greasers) can still do good things ( Pony and Johnny saving the kids), but it makes your brain take the initiative and think 'fighting won't do anything' or 'Look where fighting got them, it put Johnny and Dallas in the hospital for crying out loud!'. For inappropriate content, there is language (the strongest being what did you say to me, you little sh*t?), although, taking in the circumstances, they ARE teenage boys who are being chased by the fuzz and being beaten up by Socs sooo..... yeah. There IS smoking, the youngest (Ponyboy, 14 yrs. old) is a major smoker, and they drink some beer. There is a bloody scene where someone is holding a bloody knife and another certain person is lying in a puddle of blood, and a big fight/ rumble scene. In nudity, there are shirtless scenes, a tiny glimpse of underwear, and a part where Sodapop ( the most attractive of the whole group, played by Rob Lowe) is coming out of the shower in only a towel, and the towel almost falls off. If it weren't for Steve and Darry being in the way, I think they would have had to put in censors in the movie, if you know what I mean. In that part, some girls in my class went OMG SO SEXY!!!! But other than that, a thought-provoking classic with some humor in it,too.