Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this 1980s classic survives as an excellent, coming-of-age movie for teens. Teens-to-be also may enjoy it, but it may not be suitable for them, with its teen drinking, teen sex, profanity (including one "f--k"), and parental betrayal. More than simply a teen film, Say Anything boasts fine performances, a lot of humor, and a well-chosen soundtrack. This is a true-to-life depiction of teen life. Both main characters deal with the pain of broken families and oppressive family expectations, which could spark discussion.
French-kissing. Teens have sex in the backseat of a car. Not much is shown, but the event is discussed afterward. The teenagers also are shown in bed, under the sheets.
When Lloyd gets knocked down kickboxing, his bones have to be snapped back into place. Lloyd throws a glass bottle against a fence in anger.
Language is infrequent and includes one "f--k," plus a couple uses of "s--t," "bitch," "goddamn," "d--k," and "Jesus Christ" as an exclamation.
Teenagers can get along with their parents if they're honest. Try for the seemingly unattainable and you may attain it. Men and women don't necessarily fall into stereotypical roles. Be contrary. Follow your gut. Great successes are sometimes laughed at in the beginning.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Teens drink and get drunk at a party; the main character drinks one beer and helps make sure others don't drink and drive.