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Common Sense Media: Best Back-to-School Movies

'Fame' (1980)

Ages: 15+

Synopsis: Raw look at teen life more shocking than you might recall.

What Parents Should Know: Parents need to know that, in terms of content, this R-rated 1980 film is much heavier than both the teen-friendly TV drama it spawned and the PG-rated 2009 remake — consequently, it's only age-appropriate for mature teens. In addition to frequent, un-bleeped swearing, viewers will see plenty of topless female characters and watch teens grapple with serious situations, including intense competition, abortion, drug use, poverty, sexual identity, and suicide. Many of the students make iffy choices that aren't always shown to have negative consequences, although at least two are generally positive role models. —Common Sense Media (Photo: Warner Home Video)

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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