A jaded young man (Shane West) who can't seem to find his way is transformed when he falls in love with a guileless young woman (Mandy Moore) whom he and his friends once scorned. The film is set in North Carolina during the mid '90s. Also with Peter Coyote, Daryl Hannah and Clayne Crawford. [1:55]
SEX/NUDITY 3 - A young man and woman kiss many times, in different scenes. A young man makes suggestive remarks to a young woman, and a young man grabs his crotch in a suggestive manner. A young man thrusts his hips acting as if he's having sex. A young woman pulls down the sleeve of her dress exposing her bare shoulder, a young man applies a tattoo and he blows on it and touches it tenderly. A young man and woman dance together in a few scenes. A young woman wears a slinky evening gown, which exposes her bare back and cleavage. A young woman asks a young man: "Are you trying to seduce me?" The outfits worn by the young women include tight, short tops, hip huggers, and short skirts which reveal cleavage, bare midriffs and legs. We see a photo labeled "Virgin Mary"; it is of a woman's body, and she's wearing a thong bikini and her buttocks are exposed. A young man climbs in bed with a young woman and they go to sleep together (she's in the hospital and nothing sexual takes place).
VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - Two young men walk up scaffolding, across a plank and one jumps into some water below; the young man lands in the water with his stomach and when he doesn't surface the other young man jumps in and pulls him out (we see his bloody face and later hear that he's in the hospital). A young man trying to get away from a police officer crashes his car into a barrel (we see his bloody forehead). Two young men shove each other around and one is punched in the face. A young woman collapses and we see her in a hospital bed connected to oxygen tubes and monitors. A young woman has a panic attack (she breaks out in a sweat and breathes heavily) when many students laugh at her. A young woman shoves a young man repeatedly while practicing a play.
PROFANITY 4 - 11 scatological terms, 10 mild obscenities, 2 sexual references, 4 anatomical terms, 1 religious exclamation, some insults. [profanity glossary]
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Religious beliefs, Albert Einstein, gravity, cancer, peer pressure, estranged fathers, humiliation, inspiration, death of a parent, ambition, coincidence, miracles.
MESSAGE - You can become a better person if someone has faith in you.
(Note: Secular readers may be troubled by the overall tone of religious faith in the film; and religious viewers may be troubled by scenes which depict people making fun of those who have faith. There are references made to underage people drinking beer.)