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Sex & Nudity

  • Lengthy scene of locker room showering with male nudity shown from behind in the background of a discussion between Willard (Christopher Penn) and Ren (Kevin Bacon). There are also a couple of shots containing pubic hair in the guys' shower.
  • A hand gesture is made that resembles masturbation.
  • Various sexual comments made throughout the movie. Comments about how someone became pregnant. In another scene, a girl is referred to as a b* in heat and can't wait to wrap legs... Comments are made about dancing turning young people on. Another comment says "we use to get turned on just looking at each other". One conversation in cafeteria eludes to how older girls in a certain town are eager for something and specific talk about an incident with one girGinger pop"(even though it is not true).
  • Some kissing and at one point a girl and guy are seen with her putting boots back on after presumably have sex (he has shirt off). She proceeds to sit on top of him (she is fully clothed).

Violence & Gore

  • Several fistfights and/or barfights occur in the film, including one in which Willard (Christopher Penn) receives a very bloody nose.
  • One intense scene in which Ariel (Lori Singer) is beaten repeatedly by her ex-boyfriend. She is shown with a bloodied mouth and a black eye.


  • Multiple instances of profane language among the teenage protagonists, including "shit," "asshole," "douchebag," and "son of a bitch".

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Teenager Ren (Kevin Bacon) is shown blowing off his frustration by smoking a cigarette and drinking a beer.
  • The four main characters, Ariel, Ren, Willard and Rusty (Lori Singer, Kevin Bacon, Christopher Penn and Sarah Jessica Parker), go to a bar and drink alcohol. Willard, particularly, drinks many beers and is shown smoking a cigarette.
  • One student at Ren's school offers him a joint, as a "free sample," and offers to sell him more. Ren flushes it down a toilet to avoid a teacher's questions, referring to the cost of the drug as he does so.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Intense scene of violence between Ariel and her ex-boyfriend, with both characters fighting, kicking and cursing each other, and Ariel ends up so beaten that she cannot stand.
  • Ariel stands with her feet on two cars, with truck coming the other way.
  • Ren is driving some people at night and then they cross the same bridge where the fatal accident occurred that got music and dancing band. As the locals tell the story of the accident and their reaction to the incident, the atmosphere suggests they are about to have an accident themselves, but they cross without incident.
  • Suggested MPAA Rating: PG-13 for language, sexual references, alcohol use, smoking, partial nudity, and some violence - all involving teens

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