Source: Catholic News Service
Melancholy coming-of-age drama set in 1979 about an 18-year-old (Gregory Smith) trying to cope after the recent death of his mother -- his despairing father (David Morse) numbs the pain with booze and his older brother (David Moscow) retreats into mind-altering drugs -- while torn between lust for a sexually aggressive high school seductress (Jordana Brewster) and his affections for his soul mate and best friend (Ashley Johnson). Director Rick Rosenthal's adaptation of Scott Sommer's novel touches on themes of love, loss and death, and, despite the amorality of its characters in navigating their brokenness and grief, ultimately endorses a deeper appreciation of life and others. Sexual situations, teen smoking and drinking, drug content, an attempted suicide, rear nudity, a vulgar gesture, an irreligious dispersal of ashes, as well as rough, crude and sexually blunt language and profanity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
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