A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Adult sibling relationships can be complicated after parents have passed: If Mom and Dad are no longer there to keep the family connected, will brothers and sisters make time for each other? But even if siblings annoy you, those relationships are among the most important to keep up.
Positive Role Models
Characters are realistic rather than aspirational. Rachel is shown to be financially responsible, handling family matters and finances after her mother's death.
Main characters are White; Black actors appear in supporting roles (roommate, poker buddy). Women and men both play in power games; the game organizer is Indian American.
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Violence & Scariness
A robber intimidates people with claims that he has a gun, but it isn't shown. Man offers to "beat the s--t" out of his sister's ex-boyfriend, who isn't present at the time.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Masturbation joke. References to circumstances leading to the breakup of a long-term relationship.
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Strong language includes "s--t" and several uses of "f--k."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking: beer at a poker game, vodka cocktails in Solo cups at a party, and Bloody Marys in the afternoon. Reference to alcoholism. Smoking pantomined as part of a skit. Not a substance, but one main character has a gambling addiction.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Adults is a dramedy about the complexity of grown-up sibling relationships. Specifically, it explores how brothers and sisters may drift apart once they leave the nest if Mom and Dad are no longer alive to keep the family connected. That topic might not resonate with teens, even if they're drawn to the movie by stars Michael Cera (Barbie's Allan) and Sophia Lillis (It, Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves). But the content doesn't get too edgy: There's strong language ("f--k" and "s--t"), rude/gross jokes (including one referencing masturbation), drinking, and a gambling addiction. A thief says, threateningly, that he has a gun, but it's never shown. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
It's right there in the title: This slight dramedy isn't intended for -- or likely to appeal to -- kids. Teens who do watch may find their minds leaping to how they'll interact with their siblings (if they have any) once they're grown up. Eric, Rachel, and Maggie reconnect through the silly voices, impressions, songs, and dances they engaged in together as kids, all of which feels a bit odd now that they're grown up, with adult problems. Eric has a gambling obsession. Rachel is depressed, withdrawn, and perhaps drinking too much. Maggie has panic attacks and has failed to launch. All three seem adrift; it's obvious to viewers that what they really need is one another. Teens who do hang in through the ending may realize that even if siblings annoy you, those relationships are among the most important to keep up.
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