The characters wanted to be gangsters, their social activities and the habit of shooting movies that affiliated to gangsters behavior caused gang wars between Toby`s gang and the other gang. The girls wanted to conform to what their boyfriends were doing without realizing it (Bonino, Elena and Silva, 113).
The parents, in the other hand, were not authoritative nor were they concerned with the lives of their children. The group led by Allison and her boyfriend wanted to do more than an act, therefore, going to do dealings with a real gangster by the name Hector. As seen, Allison can help her friend Emily by letting her parents know what happened in the motel.
We notice high-risk behavior of sexual activity between Allison and her boyfriend and much further, the rape of Emily. The faux gang that Toby led had a run-in with a real gang and a shooting ensues. These risk behaviors portrayed by the kids in the movie show the extent to which youth peer pressure can result to if the parents` involvement is not there.
The lesson I erudite from this film is that adolescent development has its roots from identity. If an adolescent has no set of values of guidance during the process, then the adolescent chances of succumbing to peer-pressure is very high. The autonomous morality of an adolescent is one of the reasons for peer-pressure and getting in trouble with the law. The moral reasoning of an adolescent begins from the childhood, and therefore, the upbringing of a child positively and negatively impact the child based on the moral upbringing of the parents (Bonino, Elena and Silva, 244).
The morality issue integrates with religious activities, if this is not available as seen in the movie, then the chances of the kid involvement in peer behavior appreciates rather than depreciates when the kid is religiously involved. In the movie, we see that revelation of what happened to Emily by her friend results to her nearly attempted suicide.