Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Dark comedy about religion has cursing, sex, drinking.

PG-13 2004 92 minutes

Parents say

age 15+

Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 20 reviews

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age 13+

No positive message?

I’m confused...I’ve watched this movie several times, and while there is a lot you can say about it, I’m really surprised and disappointed that CSM says there is no positive message. Throughout the movie, viewers are reminded that God is not a weapon, the Bible is not a weapon. In one of the climactic scenes, a main character asks why God would make us so different if He wanted us all to be the same? I feel that message of acceptance is incredibly positive and one that I encourage and nourish I my own children. To each their own, but I believe this movie has many positive messages including those of acceptance, recognizing that all life has value, and that we have the capacity to change and grow.

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awesome discussion starter for family

I saw this movie in the theatre and laughed throughout it. It does have some questionable scenes in it, and may not be for more conservative parents or families. I think that there are a lot of points and discussions that could come out of the movie. It would be very wise to make sure to talk with your children about the movie before or afterward, because there may be some awesome points to discuss, that could turn into some cool conversations. If you are a religious family, don't disregard the movie right away, because it is an awesome eye opener.
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Movie Details

  • In theaters: May 28, 2004
  • On DVD or streaming: October 5, 2004
  • Cast: Jena Malone, Macaulay Culkin, Mandy Moore
  • Director: Brian Dannelly
  • Studio: MGM/UA
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 92 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: strong thematic issues involving - sexual content, pregnancy, smoking and language
  • Last updated: March 14, 2023

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