1st Born

Movie review by
Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
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Lame comedy about cultural differences; cursing, stereotypes
  • NR
  • 2019
  • 79 minutes

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age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

People of different cultures with animosity toward one another may form a bond when they have a common goal.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Central figures are dishonest and shallow but they're loyal to one another. Offensive stereotypes: a gay assistant to a congressional candidate, an Iranian radical, and an out-of-control ex-soldier suffering from PTSD (played for laughs).

Violence

A tussle between two senior men. A slap. A bomb threat.

Sex

A lengthy scene with exaggerated sounds of sexual intercourse is heard from outside a house. A congressional candidate wanting to be in a committed relationship briefly interviews a parade of sexy women in skimpy clothing.

Language

Profanity includes: "hell," multiple forms of "f--k," "s--t," "ass," son of a bitch," "banging my daughter." Another moment meant to elicit laughs occurs when a young man with Down's Syndrome (a passing stranger) unexpectedly and nonsensically says "Kiss my ass." Loud repeated fart sounds. Middle finger gesture.

Consumerism

Lagunitas beer, Perrier, Arrowhead water appear in many scenes.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters drink beer, wine, champagne. A reference to ingesting mushrooms.

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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Adult Written byefqwwef May 11, 2020

Finally a good movie to see!

People say this is a bad movie; how wrong the are. I mean yes, there is some language and crude jokes, but besides that, it is a very good movie. Everyone 10+.... Continue reading
Adult Written byMj74345 December 15, 2019

Fun holidays comedy

It's not a typical Hollywood comedy. It was fun to watch.

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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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