Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this enlightening, sometimes heartbreaking drama about the illegal immigrant experience pulls no punches in its portrayal of a hardscrabble life, addressing the challenges that the undocumented face without lecturing -- or pandering. Expect the occasional barrage of swearing (including "f--k" and "s--t"), some teen drinking, and a frank look at the lure of gang life in the city. Guns are used, and there are some fights.
A teenage couple flirts and kisses.
References to gang activity, including beat downs. Teenagers tussle and chase after a classmate in an attempt to get even for his extortionist ways. Guns are fired; threats are hurled. A man attempts to wrestle a thief, whom his son then starts to hit ferociously.
Swearing isn't constant but includes words such as "f--k," "s--t," "a--," "bitch," "damn," and "hell."
Amid the movie's often harsh realities is an inspiring message: Hope springs eternal, and that's a good thing. You can't let life, no matter how difficult, harden you.
Some signage visible, including Tecate.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Brief drug use, and teens are shown drinking beer. Some additional social drinking.