Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this smart 1960s-set drama written by popular author Nick Hornby explores a teenager's efforts to define her future, which includes making a mess of her well-laid plans -- most notably by becoming involved in a relationship with a sophisticated man nearly twice her age. Virginity, education, class -- they're all up for discussion and questioning. These are mature themes, but older teens should get a lot out of the movie. There's some sexual content (implied nudity and intercourse, kissing, and some risque discussion), as well as some era-accurate social drinking and smoking.
A man in his 30s courts a 16-year-old virgin. In one scene, he asks to see her breasts, and she acquiesces -- there's no nudity, but she's shown opening her blouse. Later, they have sex, though they're only shown after the fact. Some kissing and much flirting. There's also a somewhat frank discussion about intercourse and a risqué joke about a banana.
A couple argues loudly; two guys pilfer a map from a house and brusquely instruct their girlfriends to jump in the car.
"Bloody hell," "idiot," and "stupid."
The film pits classroom education vs. real-world experiences -- but in the end, life demands a far more complex solution. Nevertheless, the importance of knowledge-seeking is made very clear, especially in the way it elevates the status of women.
Car, cigarette, and perfume brands (like Chanel) that evoke luxury are mentioned or shown.
Drugs / Tobacco /
A 16-year-old smokes French cigarettes (Gauloises). Some social drinking.