A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Tolerance is a theme of the movie, but there is very little racial diversity within the cast to support this.
Positive Role Models
The men act like buffoons, but it is played all for laughs. Veronica is a determined, driven woman who faces a tough challenge-- infiltrating a male dominated workforce.
Violence & Scariness
Comic violence, characters maimed and killed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Extremely explicit sexual references for a PG-13.
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Very crude language for a PG-13.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking and smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that although your kids may love Will Ferrell, this is not Elf. The movie has extremely mature material for a PG-13, even for this "slob comedy" genre. Characters use very strong language and there are especially graphic sexual references and situations. The movie has comic peril and violence. One character's arms are hacked off and others are killed. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The plot runs out of steam and disintegrates into a bunch of uneven skits, but there are moments of inspired looniness. And Ferrell keeps hitting enough comic moments out of the park to keep it very watchable. There are a bunch of "no girls allowed" jokes and a bigger bunch of "weren't the 1970's a hoot" jokes, including a soundtrack of cheesy oldies and references to the importance of musk-fragrance cologne.
It's too bad that the script does to the talented Christina Applegate what the newsroom guys to do Victoria. She is primarily called upon to look as though she is trying to maintain her composure despite being surrounded by idiots. Carell is a stand-out as the dimmest of the news crew's dim bulbs, and there are several guest appearances to help hold our interest.
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