Source: Catholic News Service
Offbeat coming-of-age drama – set in 1994 New York to a hip-hop soundtrack. A pot-dealing high school graduate (Josh Peck) with a troubled home life forms an unlikely friendship with his drug-addicted therapist (Ben Kingsley in a quirky change of pace) and falls in love with the shrink's promiscuous stepdaughter (Olivia Thirlby). Peck's fine performance is often affecting, and there is trenchant humor in the script, but the milieu of director-writer Jonathan Levine's film is mostly sordid and its objectionable elements and the permissiveness with which they are presented are problematic despite a solid moral thread and ultimately redemptive wrap-up. Pervasive rough language and some profanity, extensive drug dealing and use, nonmarital sexual encounters without nudity, brief rear and upper-female nudity elsewhere, masturbation, a suicide attempt and strong sexual talk. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O – morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R – restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
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