After graduating from high school, Dave Stohler dreams of becoming a champion bicyclist. Posing as an exchange student to mask his working-class roots, he frustrates his parents and charms a local college girl.
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- Peter Yates
PGParental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.
Widescreen 1.85:1, Pan-and-Scan 1.33:1Subtitles
Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, English: Dolby Digital Mono, French: Dolby Digital MonoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; feature video; trailer; TV spots; featurettes.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this tale of redemption offers a lot in the way of scary, tense, and violent scenes. Although no one gets critically injured, there's lots of fighting. Some kids also may want to imitate the dangerous things characters do in this film: Dave doesn't wear a bike helmet, use a bicycle headlight at night, or wear reflective clothing, and he races in front of cars on a red light. During a bicycle race, a cyclist puts a bike pump in the spokes of Dave's wheel, causing him to crash. Dave races while injured. There's lots of punching and kicking; some blood is seen, but no one is seriously injured. Characters drive around a college campus and discuss women's breasts. Several swear words are used, including "s--t," "hell," "t-ts," "goddamn," "bastards," "son of a bitch," and "damnit." Characters also call others "retard," "p---y cop," and "s--thead."
- Sexual Content
- Dave and Katherine kiss once. Characters drive around a college campus and discuss women's breasts.
- One of the main characters initiates a cafeteria-wide brawl after some college guys beat up one of his friends off-screen. Lots of punching and kicking. Some blood is seen, but no one is seriously injured. There also are some bike-related injuries: bruises, cuts, bleeding, and a near-miss with a car. During a swimming race, Mike hits his head on a rock and almost drowns. Katherine slaps Dave.
- Mild profanity on occasion: "s--t," "s--theads," "damn," "hell," "crap," "t-ts." Name-calling includes "retards" and "p---y cop." The father of an Italy-obsessed son refers to Italians as "eye-ties."
- Social Behavior
- The importance of being true to yourself and your background is shown through discussion and example throughout the movie.
- Characters drive past a Marlboro billboard; one of the characters points at it and salutes. Later in the movie, one of the characters points out an advertisement for Marlboro on the back cover of a magazine.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Characters smoke throughout the movie. Characters are shown drinking beer in a bowling alley but do not act intoxicated.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it