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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Lying to one's spouse is portrayed humorously, and though there are some lessons learned throughout the film, the lying character never fully comes clean. Stereotypes of male and female behavior figure into the humor heavily.
Positive Role Models
Three versions of Doug Kinsey have admirable traits -- though they rely heavily on stereotypes (one clone is super macho, another lisps and flutters his hands a lot). One clone is "special" and acts like a slapstick version of a mentally challenged adult. The original Doug eventually learns he needs to incorporate his different traits more gracefully into one self.
Violence & Scariness
Humorous threats and slapstick. A character is threatened with a drywall hammer. Another character is picked up out of a Port-a-Potty by a bulldozer. A wife slaps her husband and other characters have anger issues.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Plenty of talk about sex, though nothing explicit. In one scene, the main character talks to his clones about having sex with his wife Laura and lays down "clone nooky rules." Later, clone #3 has sex with Laura, and then clone #2 does as well -- kissing, groping, and bare legs shown, plus some minor foreplay and post-coital scenes.
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Several curse words, including "s--t", "damn," and its cousin, "Goddamn." Plus a few uses of "doodyhead." A couple obscene gestures.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
There are a few beer drinking scenes and someone smokes a cigarette.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this entertaining 1990s comedy includes a fair bit of sexual content. There may not be any nudity (aside from some bare legs), but there is frank sex talk, kissing, groping, and post-sex snuggling between a married couple. The movie focuses on adult problems with marriage and time management -- not particularly teen-friendly topics. Duplicity is a running theme, and despite things being resolved positively in the end, the main character never comes completely clean about his deception. Expect a bit of language ("s--t" and "damn"). To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Michael Keaton as Doug is a delight to watch as he plays four versions of himself; he truly embraces each character as if it's a different role. It brings to mind his memorable role in the popular 1983 film Mr. Mom, which has a remarkable similarity to this one. Physical comedy? Check. Bending gender roles? Check. Spousal communication issues? Double check. Since this movie is set in the mid-'90s, however, Doug has the supposed benefit of cloning science and technology. Meanwhile, his beleagured wife Laura is the perfect calm, questioning foil to his energetic behavior. Between the two, no, five of them, there's plenty of action and sophomoric humor on screen.
While the action and humor may appeal to teens, who might also be able to relate to the difficulties of multitasking, other things about this movie may make it less appealing for them -- or you. Doug's problems start because he wants to spend more time with his wife and kids, and he gets into arguments with his wife about whether or not she can work outside the home -- not exactly teen-friendly material. That, plus the overt sexual content, dishonesty, and other niggling issues make this a mixed kind of movie for all involved.
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