Based on the novel by Wendelin Van Draanen, it relates the story of two eighth graders (Madeline Carroll, Callan McAuliffe), who begin having feelings for one another. Despite being total opposites, the relationship soon blossoms into first love. Also with Rebecca De Mornay, Anthony Edwards, John Mahoney, Aidan Quinn and Penelope Ann Miller. Directed by Rob Reiner. [1:30]
SEX/NUDITY 2 - A man and a woman hug, and the man kisses the woman. A boy and a girl kiss. A boy attempts to kiss a girl, but she pulls away.
► A boy and a girl walk hand-in-hand. A young boy and a young girl hold hands.
► A girl lovingly smells a boy's hair while a voice-over explains that she is anticipating her first kiss from the boy.
► A teenage girl teases a boy, asking him if he is reading "Dad's Playboy," and says to "Give the centerfold his best." Young children taunt a boy, singing that he and a girl are "K-I-SS-I-NG."
► The bare chest and back of a boy is visible momentarily as he pulls on a shirt.
VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A man slaps a teenage girl on the face, and a woman shouts at the man as the teenage girl runs away; the woman and the man quickly follow her. A girl slaps a boy on the face. A girl watches and laughs as another girl slaps a boy on the face.
► An elderly man shouts at a man. A man shouts at a teenage girl. A man shouts at a woman in front of a girl and two teenage boys at a dinner table, and slams his fists on the table. Two boys shout at one another, and one boy shoves the other.
► We see a snake eat an egg: it unhinges its jaw and swallows the egg whole; the crunch of the shell breaking is heard and the snake regurgitates the shell.
► A mentally challenged man shouts as he crawls on the floor, knocking over a table and scaring people sitting nearby, until another man is able to hold him still and calm him down. Two boys throw rocks at a chicken coop.
► A man holding a chainsaw tells a girl sitting in a tree that he will cut down the tree with her sitting in it. A girl tells another girl that someone had smashed a woman's record collection in anger. A man remarks that he does not want to crack open an egg and have a "dead chicken" fall out of it. A man tells a boy that the boy had been born with the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck, but a doctor was able to help him, unlike a man who is mentally challenged from oxygen depravation during childbirth. A boy jokingly tells a girl he cannot climb a tree because he has a sprained "something" and a rash.
PROFANITY 4 - 5 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 5 derogatory terms for the mentally challenged, 3 mild obscenities, exclamations (freaking), name-calling (whiney, gossip, backstabber, visually challenged, stubborn, pushy, know it all, coo-coo, mental, hoodlums, coward, trash), 1 religious profanity, 2 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]
SUBSTANCE USE - On multiple occasions, a man is seen drinking from a tumbler (it is implied that it is liquor), and men and women have glasses of wine and alcohol in front of them at a dinner table.
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Coming of age, story told from two perspectives, environmentalism, 1960s, first love, first kiss, climbing trees, chicks hatching, salmonella poisoning, dishonesty, mentally challenged family members, having character, perpetual motion, dishonesty, intolerance.
MESSAGE - Sometimes you don't realize what you have right in front of you until it is almost gone.