Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Brighton Beach Memoirs is a funny and poignant portrayal of the awkwardness of adolescence that is probably best for teens and up. Although there's no violence and very few references to alcohol and smoking, masturbation and sex are central themes in the movie, and characters swear at a few points ("s--t" and one "f--k"). Overall it has ample examples of positive messages and role models and shows a positive portrayal of what it's like to go through puberty.
Although the only actual breasts shown are in a National Geographic magazine, there's a lot of talk about sex and masturbating. As Eugene struggles through puberty, he's obsessed with boobs, the "golden palace of the Himalayas," and seeing his cousin Nora and his attractive older neighbor naked. There are some frank talks about sex and masturbating with his older brother, who assures him that "everyone whacks off," even their father.
"S---t" is used a few times, and "f--k" is used once.
The importance of providing for and taking care of your family is strongly brought home by all the characters. Even though they all make mistakes, they discover that family forgives.
Drugs / Tobacco /
People are shown smoking in a pool hall in one scene, but only the bad guys are shown smoking, not the main characters. Mr. Murphy is referred to throughout the movie as a drunk and is shown leaving a bar intoxicated. But negative consequences are shown for his behavior, and drinking is strongly frowned upon by the main characters.