Rating: PG-13, for mature thematic material involving mistreatment, some drug content and language — all involving teens.
Following Spring Breakers, Vanessa Hudgens further sheds her good-girl, Disney-Channel packaging — actually, she rips it off, tramples all over it and then sets it on fire — to play a runaway pregnant teen in this conservative, preachy tale. Her character, the surly Agnes “Apple” Bailey — whose real-life story inspired the film — escapes a life of poverty with her drug-addicted mother (Rosario Dawson) to track down the biological father (Brendan Fraser) she’s never met. Eventually, she ends up in a shelter with other pregnant young women. While the drug abuse is implied, the physical abuse is real and visible. Apple’s scuzzy, desperate mother smacks her several times and, at one point, slices her face with a razor. Apple also considers having an abortion before dashing out of the clinic and wandering alone on the streets. So yes, there’s some mature material here that’s probably only suitable for older kids and merits discussion afterward.