So, I watched this movie for the first time in a long while last night and saw secondhand how much the world has changed. Specifically, I'm thinking of when Jennifer Jason Leigh has an abortion. In 1982 she came up with the money, went to the free clinic and was out that afternoon ready to put the episode behind her. In 2007 I can imagine a different scenario, where a parental notification law forces her to tell her parents who of course demand to know who the boy was. The boy is arrested for statutory rape and thrown in jail for 5-10 years, has to put his name on a sex offender list, is unable to secure a job or dwelling and ends up on the fringes of society, bitter and unproductive. The girl has a row with her parents, is forced to carry to term and spends the rest of her life paying for her mistake. Maybe even dropping out of school, or being forced into one of those "military academies". Another ruined life. Now this is obviously an extreme example, but we've set up the rules to allow this sort of interference. We've decided it's more important to punish the sinner than forgive them, more important to "protect" the children than to allow them to grow into functional adults. And that wasn't the only example of a cultural disconnect between then and now. The first time Spicoli tumbled out of his van in a cloud of smoke he would've been arrested, tossed in jail, been denied money for college and had a mark on his resume that would've prevented him from obtaining almost any decent-paying job. His VW microbus would've been stolen (sorry, impounded and autctioned by the police) and possibly his parents could've lost their home if any drug paraphenalia was found within. The graduation dance was full of people who hadn't been frisked, metal-detected or breathalyzed. There were no police officers at the dance. Kids were making out in cars in the school parking lot. The science teacher somehow obtained a monkey to show his class? They went and toured a hospital for a day, stepping into what I'm sure today would be considered at best private and at worst dangerous environments including the morgue where the teacher pulled organs out of a cadaver to show them. Maybe I went to the wrong schools, but I don't think they'd allow that anymore, at least not without a fifteen page consent and liability-waiver form. I was just talking to my boss who's sending her daughter to camp and she had to sign a form that basically listed all the ways her daughter could die and detailed how the camp wasn't to be held liable. And this isn't even to mention how a movie would never, ever, EVER be made today that portrayed two nude actors as two fifteen year olds having sex without the director, studio, producers and parents of the actors being sued for production and distribution of child porn. Now I'm only 28, and I know that everything wasn't peaches and cream in 1982, but what happened between now and then that America changed so much? I can't even *imagine* some of the stuff in that movie happening today. Yes, yes, I know it's just a movie but I also thought it was supposed to have been very relevent for the time. I'm sorry for the long semi-rant. I understand the concept of the pendulum-swing but it gets to me sometimes. Anyway, are there any thoughts, concerns, verbal abuses to be had on this topic?