Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this sweet-but-sad and fairly predictable coming-of-age story will likely appeal to hordes of Miley Cyrus' young fans, but it's best for older tweens and teens thanks to the heavy topics of divorce, abusive relationships, and death. The romance (including some passionate kissing) will send fans' hearts a-flutter, and a tear-jerking storyline will leave them surprisingly moved. There's little swearing ("bitch") and some sexual banter, but most everything's pretty clean-cut.
More talk than action. One character discusses another's conquests. Some passionate kissing, and a guy makes a pass at another even though he has a girlfriend.
A boy takes a crowbar and tries to hit another with it during a fight. He also menaces his girlfriend and manhandles her. A local is suspected of arson.
Some uses of "bitch," but much of the dialogue is only slightly salty: "pissed," "brat," "suck." Also, a couple uses of "God" as an exclamation.
Love transforms even the most hardened souls, though it's not always enough to sustain marriages. But forgiveness helps bridge the gap. Also: Happy families might only appear that way, so it's best not to judge from appearances. And music can bring you joy.
Some signage for Mobil gas stations, restaurants.
Drugs / Tobacco /
No drug use, though one scene shows teenagers drinking.