While intended to be a comment on the inherent cruelty and stupidity of high school cliques, the movie doesn't really go as far as it should in showing this idea. A "nerd" buys off the popular cheerleader to get in with the "in crowd." As he goes through his own ups and downs with this quest, the dated '80s humor undercuts the message for contemporary audiences. For instance, bullies don't really get their comeuppance, "nerds" are called names like "tards" and "dorks," a fat-shaming joke is written in to the movie when a large girl approaches the lead character and tells him "you could have had me for $49.95," "jocks" objectify women at booze-fueled parties.
High school bullying: "Jocks" steal lunches in the cafeteria, shove kids in the hallway, threaten to beat up "nerds." Popular kids vandalize a home of a less popular kid by throwing a "s--t bomb"-- a bag filled with dog excrement that explodes and smears feces all over the front door.
Kissing, references to off-screen sex acts. High school girls in underwear. Teen boys use terms like "nailed" when talking about having sex. Teens shown in beds at parties, no nudity. Erection joke made concerning a camera.
Regular profanity, sexual innuendo, and name-calling. "F--k.". Variations on "s--t." "D--k." "A--hole." "Badass." "Damn." Unpopular kids in high school are called "tards" and "dorks." When the lead character dances badly at the prom, a teen watching says, "He must be in Special Ed." Talk of how a girl was "nailed."
Teens drink clearly-marked cans of Budweiser. Teens eat Doritos.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Teens drinking freely at parties, a drunken confession affects the plot. The female lead character binge drinks vodka at a party, stumbles around, slurs her speech, creates a scene. Punch spiked at a party.