Fourteen-year-old bookworm and bully magnet Lucas (Corey Haim), exhibits a streak of independence when he befriends 16-year-old Maggie (Kerri Green) and introduces her to a world of intellectual pursuits. But while Lucas is eyeing Maggie, she's eyeing football jock Cappie (Charlie Sheen), who may just have a sensitive side himself. Director David Selzer's sincere coming-of-age film includes both comic and dramatic moments.
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- David Seltzer
Widescreen 2.35:1, Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital MonoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; trailers.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Lucas is a well-acted and well-scripted '80s coming-of age film that will be too mature for most tweens. Iffy behavior includes mockery, lying, and teen drinking. Parents are absent from children's lives. Profanity includes "f--k" and "s--t." Naked boys (a micro-glance of buttocks is seen) speak of penis size and erections in the locker room. Lucas suggests a bully's erection indicates homosexuality. In retaliation, the bully rubs hot massage cream on Lucas's genitals, although no nudity is seen. There's a brief shot of panties under a tennis skirt, and Lucas is hospitalized after being caught in a football pileup.
- Sexual Content
- Kissing in a dark movie theater. Naked boys (a micro-glance of buttocks is seen) speak of penis size and erections in the locker room. Lucas suggests a bully's erection indicates homosexuality. In retaliation, the bully rubs hot massage cream on Lucas's genitals, although no nudity is seen. Brief shot of panties under a tennis skirt. Lucas is attracted the new girl who is two years his senior and jealous when she falls for the very nice captain of the football team. There is clothed kissing and talk of going "to bed" and "doing it," but no one has sex. Lucas discusses Darwin and natural selection to explain sexual attraction. Cheerleaders suggest that they engage in sexual activity with football players on the bus to away games. Cheerleaders in short skirts gyrate and shimmy.
- High school football players bang into each other and get hurt in the course of practice and a game. Lucas is hospitalized after being caught in a football pileup. Bullying. Students speak of a music teacher who shot himself over unrequited love.
- One use of "f--k," plus "ass," "dick around," "hell," "pissant," "hard-on," and "s--t."
- Social Behavior
- Bullies can change for the better. Good friends stand up for each other. You don't have to be big and strong to stand up for yourself.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Lucas' unseen father is an alcoholic. References to teenage drinking.
- 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