common sense

ON for kids age 13
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
0 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

A very frank and gritty story about two brothers.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this is a very frank, gritty story about two brothers who have to take care of themselves and each other while their father is on the road.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how Cole and Pop have opposite reactions to the trouble Johnny and Tex get into. Is one more effective? How would you respond? Why didn't Mason apologize for selling the horses? Why did Tex take over when Johnny didn't jump his motorbike over the creek? Pop tells Mason to go ahead and explode and clear the air. What do you think about this approach to communication? Why did Johnny say it was all right for him to criticize his father, but he didn't want Tex to do it?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    83%
    reviews counted: 10
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  • Audience

    67%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: A stirring, memorable early performance by Dillon

- Clint Morris, Moviehole, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh:

- Daniel M. Kimmel, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh:

- Elspeth Haughton, Apollo Guide, Saturday, November 11, 2006

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Matt Dillon has never been more subtly expressive and transparent, and maybe only funnier in Singles; Jim Meltzer is actually funny here as a straight man; there is some great camerawork and lighting. S.E. Hinton seems to be dealing with more Judy-Blume type issues here, so the movie works like a neorealist afterschool special.

- adammahler1, Tuesday, June 21, 2011

1 star

The lousiest of S.E. Hinton's books to be brought to screen. Do yourself a favor and rent either the Outsiders or Rumble Fish they are so much better

- leekyle1968, Monday, April 6, 2009

5 stars

I LOVE MATT!!!!!!!!!!!! he is great in this movie and the story is pretty cool to. i cried like 4 times throughout the movie. i would say somethig else about this movie but i didnt really notice anything but matt dillon and how wonderful he was. GOD I LOVE HIM!

- katelynlovesdally, Wednesday, November 7, 2007