The movie was released as unrated. It is filled with graphic sex (but little nudity) and crude language. I believe that Roger Ebert is right in saying that there are kids who should not see it and some that should (with their parents). No parent should take their teen without first going and previewing it themselves.
The story centers on Telly (whose primary goal in life is "de-virginizing" young girls); his best friend, Casper; and Jenny (who is searching for Telly to tell him that he has infected her with the AIDS virus). Ebert says about Telly: "...life has given him noting that interests him, except for sex, drugs and skateboards. His life is a kind of hell."
Two scenes in the movie really struck me. In one an old cab driver shares with Jenny his grandmother's advice on how to be happy---"Don't think." In the second, Casper, in a drunken state, wakes up with a start after having had sex with Jenny (who due to drugs was completely oblivious) and asks, "Jesus Christ, what happened?" Appropriately, these are the last words spoken in the movie.
I fear that there are many, not just kids, who go through life endlessly seeking diversion, ever avoiding serious thought about life and its meaning (fearful that it has none?). I fear that at the end of their lives they will ask bewilderedly with Casper, "Jesus Christ, what happened?"
©C. David Hess