A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Makes light of war.
Positive Role Models
Lots of stereotyping (largely of Mexicans and Southern men) and culturally insensitive moments.
Culturally insensitive characters can't tell the difference between Mexicans and Iraqis. Cuisine and dress are portrayed as stereotypically Mexican, and they're still confused with Iraqi culture. Homophobic insinuations.
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Violence & Scariness
Military-issued machine guns are used against gangsters with various weapons. Many shots are fired, but there's no blood or obvious deaths. One character is accidentally buried alive. Reference (innuendo-style) to rape.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Jokes about "quickies," "hooters," and "C-cups"; innuendo about sex, marriage.
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Mostly "s--t," but also "retard," "ass," "a--hole," "bitch," "t--s," "piss," and "godammit."
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Products & Purchases
Hooters restaurant, Corona beer, Chewbacca.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The guys drink tequila and beer; Larry chews tobacco.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this lowbrow war send up is aimed at 13-year-olds who like broad jokes based on stereotypes. Since the story is about three dopey reservists who confuse Mexico for Iraq, there are several culturally insensitive moments that portray Mexicans (not to mention Southern men) very stereotypically. Language includes "s--t" and "retard." Star Larry the Cable Guy and his pals spew many fart jokes and fire many rounds of ammunition for their "mission." Families with loved ones deployed in Iraq probably won't be amused, even if the movie is dedicated to the troops. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
David and Trejo are compelling supporting players, but even their presence can't make DELTA FARCE watchable. The war just isn't amusing, and neither is portraying red-state soldiers and Mexicans as stereotypical buffoons. And that's something moviegoers on every point of the political spectrum would probably agree upon.
No matter how viewers feel about the current war in Iraq, it's probably safe to say that most families don't consider it a funny topic. Apparently Larry the Cable Guy -- otherwise known as the "Git 'er done" member of the Blue Collar Comedy group -- and his pal, director C.B. Harding, thought otherwise when they developed this war movie parody.
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