Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this film sarcastically encourages teens to sleep with 35-year-old men. There's some comic violence when the school's teen werewolf kills the guidance counselor. The film also presents the teen years as a time of predation: both being preyed on by bullies your own age and by lascivious adults. But overall, the film has the same message as every '80s teen movie that it spoofs: Be yourself and you'll be rewarded with the girl and popularity.
In a dream sequence, Charlie imagines a woman flashing her bare breasts -- within the first three minutes of the movie. There's close, sexual, and silly dancing between teenage Lori and 35-year-old Gabriel, and later Gabriel says he's had sex with her. Yamagashi is gay and is constantly naked in front of Charlie and coming on to him. There's a lot of talk about having sex, but nothing seen.
A lot of comic violence including: a teenage werewolf kills two people graphically, Charlie gets beaten up several times by the cool kids. A girl breaks her leg and you can see the bone sticking out -- the event is watched by a group of people over and over on the VCR. The coach tells his team to kill Charlie.
Some salty language including "ass", "s--t," and "damn."
Since this film makes overt what's covert in other '80s teen movies, it's hard to blame Totally Awesome for its borrowed message that encourages one 35-year-old to have sex with teenage girls. Charlie also learns to be himself and encourages others to be themselves.
Drugs / Tobacco /
Gabriel says he takes steroids. Charlie gets drunk after being humiliated at a party.