Let's Go to Prison

  • Review Date: March 5, 2007
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2006

Common Sense Media says

Punk'd star in adult jail-house comedy.
  • Review Date: March 5, 2007
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2006

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Stealing, murder, threats, lying, selling humans to other humans, and other crimes that land people in prison. All mined for comedy, of course.

Violence

Prison violence from guards and inmates (punching and fighting); one character is punched in his private parts.

Sex

A male character cross-dresses; references to lap dances, gay sex, sex magazines.

Language

Name-calling; "sucks," "f--k," "hell," "damn," "ass."

Consumerism

Publisher's Clearing House, Court TV, Fresca.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some smoking and drinking. Drug references.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this dark comedy about jail isn't for kids. Teens may very well want to see it, though, since it stars Punk'd phenomenon Dax Shepard. The movie is rife with adult-oriented references to topics like gay sex, humans being sold to other humans, murder and other crimes, and cross-dressing men, to name a few. That said, the movie's theme is how to get revenge on someone who's already dead -- which isn't exactly grown-up!

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What's the story?

John Lyshitski (Dax Shepard) is a career criminal who's figured out how to get revenge on the now-dead judge who sent him to prison: watch gleefully as the official's obnoxious son, Nelson Biederman IV (Will Arnett), tries to navigate the prison system. When Nelson is wrongly convicted of a crime and sent to the pen, John gets himself thrown back in the clink and becomes Nelson's cellmate, ensuring that his new buddy gets the "full treatment." John's first advice for Nelson? The joint's a scary place, so make friends fast. Naturally, Nelson quickly offends the wrong cons and is sold -- by John -- to Barry (Chi McBride) for some cuddling. But just as John is basking in sweet revenge, things go oh so wrong. Nelson turns the tables and becomes the Big Man in the Big House ... which means that things aren't looking so good for John, after all.

Is it any good?

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If you like deadpan humor -- in this case, skillfully delivered by Shepard -- Let's Go to Prison is a funny satire on the justice system. But with references to all sorts of adult-oriented stuff -- gay sex, lap dances, drugs, and prison violence, just to name a few -- it's definitely not for kids.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how to stay out of the prison system. What do you think jail is really like? Is it anything like what's shown in the movie? Why do some people find it so hard to escape the prison system? What can society do to help change that, if anything? Also, why is revenge never really as sweet as the media would have you believe?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:November 16, 2006
DVD release date:March 6, 2007
Cast:David Koechner, Dax Shepard, Will Arnett
Director:Bob Odenkirk
Studio:Universal Pictures
Genre:Comedy
Run time:90 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:language, sexual content, some violence and drug material.

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Adult Written bywhatever9696 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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Not that good

Adult Written bycoolmandude April 9, 2008
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Gross

This movie has some sexual part like gay sex and sex magazines so that is bad it also has bad language so mot Ok for kids.

Parent Written byPlague December 15, 2009
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Lets go to Prison

Extremely funny movie. Sure, some gay sex, but nothing is shown, just implied. Not that there is really anything wrong with gays. 5 stars.

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