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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that 1st Born follows a young couple, expecting their first child, as they attempt to bring their maverick dads -- one American, one Iranian -- together. The movie aims to set cultural differences, and overcoming those differences, in comic perspective. Viewers can expect profanity ("f--k," "s--t," "ass," "son of a bitch," middle-finger gesture) as well as some sexual material (loud sounds of sexual intercourse emanating from a house; a parade of seductive women vying for an assignment). The movie relies on fart jokes and stereotypes for much of its humor. Action scenes are limited to a scuffle between the grandads, a bomb threat, and a slap. Some product placement.
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What's the story?
Ben (Reza Sixo Safai) and Kate (Taylor Cole) are finally pregnant in 1ST BORN. Unfortunately, a medical diagnosis reveals that their unborn child is in need of bone marrow transplants from both Ben's and Kate's fathers. Ben's dad Hamid (Jay Abdo) is an anti-American Iranian activist; Kate's dad Tucker (Tom Berenger) is a U.S. congressional candidate with no tolerance for multiculturalism. To make matters worse, the two dads have never met; they've been lied to by their children; and their disparate political beliefs have never been revealed. Though Ben and Kate try very hard to keep politics off the table when the men are introduced, it isn't long before long-held differences and values threaten to put the baby at risk and upend the fragile status quo.
Is it any good?
A "send-up" of a former soldier suffering from PTSD, loud sexual intercourse heard from inside a house, and an abundance of flatulence is about as funny as it gets in this clumsy production. If the over-the-top, sloppy performances and ridiculous premise in 1st Born aren't enough, cartoon music underscoring almost every scene, childish hostilities, and stereotypes of gays, doctors, Jews, WASPS, and Middle Easterners will challenge even the most forgiving viewer. Not recommended.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about stereotyping in movies. In 1st Born, who are the characters that might be called stereotypes? How did you feel about the portrayal of the man suffering from PTSD in this movie? Can you think of instances where stereotyping is actually funny and not offensive?
Find out what consumerism (aka "product placement") is in filmed entertainment. Which products were on display in this film? Why do you think companies offer money, goods, or services in exchange for product placement?
Why is potty humor funny? Why does a character's embarrassment make us laugh?
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