The Young and the Hopeless

Common Sense Media says

Sometimes rude, crude, and lewd, and humorous.





What parents need to know

Positive messages

"Riot Girl" praises body piercings, tattoos, and attitude. "The Day That I Die" describes suicide.


"My Bloody Valentine" describes stalking a rival boyfriend and ripping out his throat. "Hold On" refers to an abusive father. "The Day That I Die" contemplates suicide.


In "Girls & Boys," the "girls with the bodies like the boys with Ferraris/?. She'll get what she wants if she's willing to please."


Occasional crude language describes rich celebrities (they "piss and moan"), while direct and forceful terms depict an alcoholic father ("The Story Of My Old Man") and a murderous boyfriend ("My Bloody Valentine").


Despite isolated references to "Ferraris," "Christina," and "Britney," the lyrics do not extol name brands.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

"The Story Of My Old Man" describes a father's alcoholism, and that of his father before him: "Monday he woke up and hated life/ Drank until Wednesday and left his wife."

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this album is a minefield of behavior to be avoided, or a rich source of conversation about tough subjects like alcoholism ("The Story of My Old Man"), crack cocaine ("The Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous"), obsessive love ("My Bloody Valentine"), and suicide ("The Day That I Die").

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Kids say

What's the story?

We hear the tinkly strains of an antique music box morph into punk rock guitar crescendo, only to end in a splintering crash, in the first two minutes of THE YOUNG AND THE HOPELESS. This might symbolically signal Good Charlotte's intentions to deal with leaving the nursery and with growing up in a world that's sometimes exciting, often tedious, and probably unreliable. \"The Anthem\" describes education thus: \"And my high school it felt more to me/ Like a jail cell a penitentiary/Go to college, a university/ Get a real job that's what they said to me/ But I could never live the way they want.\" Contempt for rich whiners drives \"Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous.\"

Is it any good?


When you listen to some of the subversive themes on this CD, it's no wonder the band is popular with young teens. But if rebellion is the name of Good Charlotte's game, it's spiced with self-aware humor that keeps them out of the principal's office, and a flickering optimism, found in tracks like "Wondering," that maybe love conquers all.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the self-destructive, dangerous behaviors discussed in the songs.

Music details

Artist:Good Charlotte
Release date:September 1, 2002
Label:Sony Music
Genre:Punk Rock
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 15 years old Written byGCluver123456789 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age

It is a really good cd.I only listened to 3 songs that were oh so fine.

Teen, 13 years old Written byalpha1014 December 27, 2008

Great CD!

I love Good Charlotte and all their works. I think that you really need to understand the issues, though. It tackles a lot of strong emotions, and is probably best for someone in middle-high school. Grades 5 and under should probably avoid it.
Teen, 13 years old Written byBloody Gorgeous December 25, 2008

I Love This Album!!

I Love Good Charlotte! Their Music is Great! I only gave it a 13+ Because You Really need to Understand These Songs. The Songs Tell a lot of Emotional stories including love and suicide. One of the songs, Hold On, is my favorite. It's so sad, you must see the Music Video! I cried the first time I saw it (My Schools [first and only] Suicide Prevention Assembly. Funny How they dont Happen Anymore) The only song you might worry about is, another one of my favorites, My Bloody Valentine. The Album IS Great Though!! GOOD CHARLOTTE ROCKS!!


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