Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this quirky coming-of-age film may appeal to teens familiar with the restless boredom and paralyzing worries that the high school years can impose. Although things ultimately head toward an up note, some of the material is dark and moody. Expect scenes of underage drinking -- both in bars, which the characters likely were able to infiltrate with fake IDs (though this isn't made explicit), and at parties -- sometimes to the point of drunkenness, as well as references to sex (including an 18-year-old sleeping with an older man) and swearing (including infrequent use of "s--t" and "f--k").
An 18-year-old high school girl sleeps with an older man; she's shown clothed in bed, and they kiss. A teen boy appears to have an erection under the covers.
An adult tussles with a teen boy during a screaming fight.
Relatively infrequent use of "f--k" (said once), "s--t," "hell," "bulls--t," "crap," "douchebag," "suck," and "loser."
The movie takes a while to make its point, but ultimately the message is that hard work does pay off.
Some label-flashing, especially of technology products like Apple iPods and laptops; also Starbucks. Wealthy students are shown living in fancy apartments and wearing top-shelf clothing while a classmate's family struggles to pay the bills.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Some teen smoking and drinking (both beer and hard liquor), both at parties and at clubs. A character vomits and passes out on a sidewalk after drinking too much at a party. Adults also drink socially. Some mention of Ritalin and Lexapro.