What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that it does not get more offensive than this -- and for a comedy, it's not terribly funny. Stan's fear of being raped in prison drives the plot in this movie. Even hardened adults will squirm at some of the subject matter. Get out of jail free-- bypass this crude movie.
What's the story?
Rob Schneider plays Stan Minton, a real estate con man who is thrown in jail for duping his clients. Before he goes to prison, he bribes a judge to give him six months time to get his affairs in order. During this time he trains with The Master (David Carradine), who teaches him how to be tougher than nails and ready for prison life. Because of his fear of being raped in prison, Stan trains earnestly and ultimately conquers his fears. Once he is in prison, he fights all of the gang leaders, teaches them to live in relative harmony, and places a ban on prison rape. Then he learns of a scheme that the Warden has for turning the prison into a resort and he finds himself face to face with the Vietnamese mafia.
Is it any good?
It's a movie about being molested in jail -- how good can it be? Really, it seems like an excuse for Rob Schneider to show some Bruce Lee moves as he does things like vanquish an enemy in the prison shower with nunchucks made of soap and a shoelace. That poor defeated lump (albeit a Nazi gang leader) is then raped with a razor blade, destined to wear diapers for the rest of his life. David Carradine parodies his role in the television classic Kung Fu by playing a grizzled, hardened chain-smoking criminal who trains Stan to be unbeatable. But martial arts lovers will be better off watching something more ...humane.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Families can talk about crude humor. What is the appeal? Are there certain subjects that are never funny? For example, should rape be satirized? Where is the line between funny and offensive? Does this movie cross that line?