A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Sometimes things don't go according to plan, and how you react to them is up to you. "40 is the new 12."
Positive Role Models
Cesar falls apart when he learns the son he has raised for ten years is not his biologically and that his wife was seeing another man when he first met her.
The movie is set in Mexico with Mexican actors.
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Violence & Scariness
A woman scrapes her leg on a rock and a man sprains his ankle.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Adults kiss. They have sex offscreen. No nudity. Libido and erections are mentioned.
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"F--k," "s--t," "ass," "bastard," "bitch," "damn," "butt," and "hell."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults smoke marijuana and drink alcohol. Heroin and alcoholism are mentioned.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that 40 Years Young is a 2022 feature about Mexican restaurant co-owners/ friends whose reputations bring them to the attention of a prestigious culinary contest in Cancun. They flirt, drink alcohol, smoke weed, and compete while demanding exes and a crumbling marriage distract them. Kids may feel for a young son who learns his dad isn't his biological father. Adults kiss and sexual encounters occur offscreen. Language includes "f--k," "s--t," "ass," "bastard," "bitch," "damn," "butt," and "hell." In Spanish with English subtitles. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
40 Years Young is a bit of froth that tries to lean on the importance of family and friendship for its substance. And its central message is a good one -- that parental love has little to do with biology. But despite appealing performances, it never really amounts to anything, and the appeal for the teens who would best understand the goings-on would likely be minimal.
Puzzlingly, several times the script goes in directions that don't pay off. Cesar is told a DNA test was done showing someone else fathered the boy he's raised as his son. Much is made of his asking for another one, but the results don't move the plot along at all. Dramatic tension is created when the troubled Cesar takes time off in the middle of the contest, yet it turns out Paolo could compete alone, making it clear that the tension was contrived rather than organic to the story. A character refers to his gastritis as if it's going to be a continuing theme with consequences for the story, but it's never mentioned again. The movie keeps setting us up for dramatic arcs that go halfway up but don't return to earth for a satisfying close.
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