The Young and the Hopeless

Music review by
Cynthea Riesenberg, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kids
Sometimes rude, crude, and lewd, and humorous.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 13 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

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."

What 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").

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bypepper770 January 5, 2011

Great album, Great role models, Some mild references to drugs and violence.

First off, this is a great album. One of their best. Their music may be inappropriate for very young children. It all depends on what your views and morals are.... Continue reading
Adult Written byForknose April 9, 2008

Where is the Negative-Star?

Man I HATE Good Charlotte. They ripped off Green Day but did it horribly. Their songs are as dry as blink-182's Enema of the State and did I mention that I... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byKayleann18 October 24, 2012

I will love Good Charlotte until I DIE

This was the first Good Charlotte CD i ever got (I was 5 at least) and now I have every CD even their new one Cardiology. I don't get why common sense is s... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byxTHE EDG3x August 19, 2011

great punk/rock album

this album was really good it talks about things that most people have to deal with and it gave good Charlotte a deserved push. I'm impressed with the soun... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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
  • Last updated: July 15, 2015

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