Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this drama about the beginnings of musician John Lennon -- and, later, the Beatles -- could appeal to kids who've discovered the iconic band's music. But since it goes beyond a mere "origin story" to tackle weighty themes like parental abandonment and mental illness, it's probably too dark for tweens and younger teens. That said, there's also a lot of compassion and empathy here, especially between characters who have reason to opt for hatred and estrangement, and the movie has a positive, healing message overall. Expect some sexually charged scenes (make-outs, etc.), plus swearing (including "f--k") and underage drinking.
Flirting among teens; a married couple makes out. A high-school boy is shown trysting with a classmate, his hand under her hiked skirt; later, she assumes a sexual position (but no sex is shown).
A troubled teen knocks his head against a friend's head while slightly inebriated and in emotional turmoil. Parents scream in front of a young child. One character is hit by a car.
Words like "bastard," "d--k," and "f--k" are used with some regularity.
On the surface, the film is about how John Lennon started the Beatles, which has encouraging messages about sticking to your dreams and taking risks to achieve those dreams. There's also a celebration of artistic and musical pursuits. At the heart of it all, though, is a redefinition of what families are. The movie explores the idea that families are formed by will and circumstance, rather than just by genes, and that complications and grievances can be overcome with love.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Teens drink in social situations, as well as sometimes with their parents. They're also shown imbibing while getting into trouble.