Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Hellion is an intense drama about a family torn apart by tragedy. Upsetting scenes show a 13-year-old boy venting his anger and frustration through vandalism, as well as influencing his 10-year-old brother. There's also some disturbing gun violence and a shooting involving several young teens. Characters use strong language, including "f--k," and an adult character drinks heavily -- though the movie suggests that he's dealing with pain rather than suffering an addiction. There's some minor innuendo as some teen boys encounter a gang of bikini-wearing teen girls. Though the characters are young and the movie could inspire discussions with families, much of the material is just too mature for younger viewers.
Young teens reference a "naked magazine" and ogle several teen girls in bikinis. One kid makes a lewd comment, and the others rebuke him for it.
The movie climaxes with a horrifying incident involving young teens and a gun; the gun is fired, and one of the teens is shot. Young teens also vandalize a truck, smashing it with baseball bats and painting it; later, they encourage a younger boy to set fire to a pile of wooden pallets. A group of grown-ups encourages a 13-year-old boy to handle a gun.
Language is strong but not constant; young teens are sometimes heard swearing. "F--k" is used.
The movie makes the point that families ought to stay together and help each other, though it demonstrates this idea in a negative way, by watching the family fall apart. Many of the characters behave poorly, but there are always consequences for their actions.
Drugs / Tobacco /
The father is dealing with his grief through drinking. Though it's not suggested that he's an alcoholic, he's definitely a problem drinker. A social worker comes to the house and finds two boys home alone in a kitchen littered with empty beer bottles.