A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Jim turns to "band geek" Michelle to get him ready for a successful sexual encounter with the girl he wants, former exchange student Nadia, but realizes he has real feelings for Michelle. So there is a message that you can fall for someone you thought was a geek if you get to know that person. There is also a message about being loyal to the person you're in a relationship with, even though it can be quite a struggle for teens.
Positive Role Models
Jim's nerdy, dorky dad (Eugene Levy) is an understanding and loving father, even after the boy humiliates himself by mistaking Super Glue for lubricant and has to be rushed to the hospital.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Very explicit sexual situations and references. Two boys are tricked into kissing each other in exchange for seeing girls they think are lesbians kiss. A boy masturbates to a porn movie -- with comic consequences: He accidentally uses Super Glue instead of lubricant and his hand gets stuck to his penis, requiring a trip to the hospital. Two characters have erotic phone sex. Finch learns about tantric sex. One male character has a threesome with two girls. A teen boy loses his virginity. A teen boy has sex with an adult woman, the mother of his friend.
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Very strong language, including "f--k" and "s--t," with constant and very explicit sexual references.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters engage in underage drinking, including trying to get girls drunk so that they will agree to sex.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie features dozens of gross and raunchy moments, with references to anal sex, oral sex, tantric sex, masturbation, homosexuality, and bathroom humor. Characters engage in teen sex and underage drinking, including trying to get girls drunk so that they will agree to sex. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Teens will want to see this movie because it's raunchy and gross. But like the original, the gross and raunchy moments, though frequent, are less important than the movie's core sensibility, which is sweetly old-fashioned. Let's be very clear: It very, very, raunchy, and very, very, gross, with references to every kind of humiliation, sexual act, and bodily function. No one will call it wholesome. However, in the end, almost every sexual encounter is in a context of respect and sincere affection.
This is not a particularly good movie, but it is not a particularly bad one, either. It deserves some credit for treating its female characters like real people comfortable with their own sexuality, practically revolutionary for movies of this genre, and for completely avoiding the usual sitcom-style painfully artificial mix-ups and misunderstandings. And there are some very funny moments, especially those featuring Eugene Levy as Jim's magnificently unhip but understanding and loving father.
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