Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that The Paper Chase is a 1973 college drama that shows its age. While the content is relatively mild -- some discussions between couples in bed, a bit of swearing and drinking -- the story won't be of interest to most kids. Teens might be able to identify with academic pressures, plus the messages that knowledge is its own reward and one must work hard to achieve a difficult goal are all positives for this age group.
A couple has numerous discussions in bed, nude, though no body parts are shown. They're sometimes seen kissing, but never more. Men are sometimes shown from the chest up, talking as they bathe together in a gym-style group shower. Men talk about being horny and trying to "get laid."
Some heated bickering among stressed-out students preparing for finals. A man is said to have attempted suicide -- he's later seen to be fine, though obviously upset.
Infrequent swearing, including "ass," "boobs," "s--t" and "piss."
Knowledge is important. Great achievements take work. Learning is its own reward, and life is about more than just what happens in the classroom.
Drugs / Tobacco /
A few scenes feature people drinking liquor.