Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Our Song is the honest, insightful, and positive coming-of-age story of three high school girls. While almost all of the characters are African-American, Latino, or of mixed race, their stories and feelings are typical of kids of all ethnicities. The film considers boy-girl relationships, pregnancy, abortion, and birth control, as well as the broader issues of family, self-respect, and growing up. Underage teens at a party consume marijuana and alcohol, but there is no resulting drunkenness or negative behavior shown. Swearing is frequent: "f--k," "s--t," "ass." It's a thought-provoking film, without much plotting, focused more on character than event.
Other than a few kisses, no on-camera sexuality. There are, however, frank discussions about single teen parenting, abortion, sexually-transmitted diseases, and birth control. A prominent story line involves one girl's unexpected pregnancy.
A young woman on the fringe of the story commits suicide off-camera.
Lots of cursing and use of obscenities: "f--k" in various forms, "s--t," "ass." One girl wears a T-shirt which reads "S--t Happens." Some additional playful swearing in Spanish, much of which is not translated.
This film stresses the importance of close family relationships, friendship, and open communication. Emphasizes trust, thoughtful decision-making, and positive support from others as methods of coping with the many challenges of coming of age generally, and, specifically, in a community where resources are in short supply.
Tommy Hilfiger and Tommy Girl; Essence Magazine, Jet Magazine, Levis.
Drugs / Tobacco /
A party shows underage kids drinking beer and smoking marijuana. One of the girls' fathers is in prison for dealing drugs.