Sunday, June 19, 2011
Parents need to know that this made-for-TV movie takes a frank look at teen sexuality. The young characters all discuss promiscuity, unsafe sex, drug use, and their assumed invincibility to STDs at length -- as well as their belief that parents are more judgmental than understanding. (Teen viewers might not be surprised by the characters' active sex lives, but parents could be -- consider this a wake-up call!) The movie works to dispel common myths associated with HIV, including how it is (and isn't) contracted, who's at risk, and how much exposure is required to infect a person. Teens drink, use drugs, text- and instant-message each other constantly, and get pretty intimate (though the movie stops short of nudity), but there's no language or violence to speak of.
I just saw this movie and I think that every parent, teenager, etc. should watch it. It's in all reality what is going on out there in the world. As much as some people don't want to believe teenagers are having sex and doing drugs, some are. This is something that needs to be taken seriously and talked about in every home. Yes it is scary to think and sometimes talk about this but it has to be done.