Winning is the most important thing to these characters, though they also prize loyalty, friendship, and duty. While sexism is quite noticeable, two strong female characters help keep some of the objectification in check. Some relatable male friendships.
Positive Role Models & Representations
A main character is killed during a traumatic plane crash/malfunction. A lot of fighter pilot skirmishes (including missiles/explosions) and characters in peril.
A graphic-for-its time love scene with characters shown embracing intimately in profile, but no nudity; some gratuitious use of tongue kissing. A teacher sleeps with her (adult) student. Lots of shirtless men in a beach volleyball scene. Some innuendo/references.
Several uses of "s--t," plus "son of a bitch," "goddamn," "damn," "d--khead," "p---y," "hell," "a--hole," "ass," "laid," and "oh my God."
Ease of Play
Maverick drinks wine and then drives off on his motorcycle. Some beer drinking and cigar smoking by adults. Memorable scenes set in bars.