Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this coming-of-age drama takes place at a girls' boarding school where the central teen characters deal with issues of sexuality, depression, and suicidal behavior. There are lots of sexual overtones to the film, including a couple of sex scenes, some kisses, and brief nudity in a shower scene (a girl's breasts are shown briefly before she hides); also, two girls are shown in a bath together and kiss for a moment. Two of the relationships are between a married man and a high-school senior (one is consummated, the other stalls at overt flirting). Language is on the tame end for an R rating, but there's some underage alcohol and drug use (marijuana and cigarettes). Amidst all the iffy stuff, the movie does have some positive messages about unconditional friendship and making painful decisions.
Brief nudity during a scene in the girls' showers (one girl's breasts are seen very briefly). A married woman keeps trying to get her husband to have sex and humorously asks him to rub her (clothed) breasts and tries to have sex with him. Jokes about Viagra, erections, a penis looking like a "boiled shrimp," and other sexual remarks. A male teacher has fantasies about one of his flirtatious students, whom he imagines wet and naked (lots of skin but no actual nudity). On various occasions, a student comes on to her teacher, sucking provocatively on her pencil, asking him to help her with a leg injury while she's wrapped in a towel in the bathroom, etc. A couple has sex in a car. Adolescents kiss at a fair. A teenager loses her virginity to an older man (they're both seen shirtless on a sofa together). Two girls get in a bath together, and one teaches the other how to kiss.
One character secretly cuts herself and expresses suicidal thoughts.
One "f--k," plus several uses of "s--t," "bitch," "a--hole," etc.
Despite some of the inappropriate decisions explored in the movie, there are a couple of positive messages about the need for unconditional friendships and the importance of being honest about who you are with those who love you.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Victoria's mother acts like an alcoholic, even at a baby's christening. Teens get high smoking pot. An adult drinks in front of a minor he's trying to seduce and breathes marijuana smoke into her mouth. A mother and a teen smoke cigarettes.