Through their experiences, some of the characters begin to question, and in some ways reject, the shallow divisiveness of high school cliques. Characters resort to violence as a solution to their problems, with consequences.
Storylines revolve around fighting and 1950s gang violence. A character is stabbed to death. Three of the characters save the lives of children who are trapped in a burning abandoned church; the children are screaming and the three characters sustain serious injuries requiring hospitalization. Fighting with knives, bottles, and fists. Armed robbery, gun to the face of the clerk, who fires his own gun at the assailant as he makes his escape; this same assailant dies of gunshot wounds when surrounded by the police. Talk of physical abuse from parents.
A teen girl rejects the drunken sexual advances of her boyfriend while they're at a drive-in movie theater. At this same drive-in, a clearly drunk teen raises the skirt of a teen girl, exposing her panties. A "greaser" teen asks a teen girl with red hair, in so many words, if her pubic hair is the same color.
Occasional profanity: "damn," "son of a bitch," "bastards," "wiseass." Middle-finger gesture.
Cans of Budweiser beer clearly marked.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Frequent drinking and smoking among teens. Some of the teen characters appear and act drunk.