At first glance it appears to be just another teen age coming of age movie with gratuitous sexual content but it's so much more than that! The main character Louden Swain, (played by Matthew Modine), is a high school wrestler and decides that he wants to wrestle the most feared wrestler in the state.
After making this decision he works day and night to follow the path he has chosen; everyone believes he is crazy but he remains steadfast.
Towards the end of the movie he is close to achieving the vision he had set his heart on for so long, he starts to question the validity or worth of this quest. It's there the people in his life, who witnessed his journey, remind him of its importance, not just to him but to those who had seen the struggle, the early morning runs, and the courage of his vision. Because when someone sets out on a vision quest, it's not the answers that are important; It's reaching a higher level in order to ask new questions.
It's when we reach our vision quests we lift not just ourselves but also everyone who is around us. Watch this clip and you will see what I mean.