Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this uneven 1980s-set dramedy is about the friendship between a foul-mouthed, promiscuous, cigarette-smoking teen girl and a shy, overweight, gay teen boy who are both looking for some kind of family connection. There's nearly constant strong language (including "f--k," "s--t," "c--k," "p---y," and more), as well as heavy sexual innuendo and sexual suggestion (including teens having sex in a car and brief male frontal nudity in pictures). Teens regularly smoke cigarettes, and there's a violent scene of a father beating up his teen son. Due to the content and subject matter, it's not age-appropriate for teens under 17.
A teen girl has sex with a teen boy in the school parking lot. Nothing is shown, but the rocking car and sound effects clearly imply the action. The movie implies that a gay teen sleeps with an older man, though, again, nothing is shown. Brief views of naked, full-frontal photographs of men. Teens are shown kissing. Almost constant sexual innuendo, and the main character wears revealing clothing throughout (in one scene, the camera lingers on her bottom as she walks). A teen girl and teen boy, as well as a professional male stripper, perform stripteases, with no nudity shown. One teen girl is shown to be pregnant.
A father beats up his teen son in one scene; the violence takes place mostly in darkness and partly off camera. A teen girl argues violently with a younger girl and accidentally kicks her parents during a struggle. Several other outbursts and arguments, with shouting.
Extremely strong language is used throughout, with multiple uses of "f--k," "s--t," "p---y," "t-ts," "c--k," "retard," "d--k," "poon," "slut," "fag," "goddamn," "virgin," "twat," "vagina," "hell," "bitch," "whore," "ass," and "Jesus H. Christ" (as an exclamation).
The movie ostensibly has a "be yourself" message, but at the same time it suggests that one main character can't be herself if that self is a "bad girl" -- she must conform and be "good." Moreover, the characters take questionable paths to reach their conclusions.
Cans of Tab soda are shown. Kleenex is mentioned by name.
Drugs / Tobacco /
The main character, a teen girl, is shown to be a regular cigarette smoker, though she smokes less as the movie goes on. Other teens are also shown smoking.