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6 Children & 1 Grandfather

Movie review by
Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Horrible, tedious family movie has potty humor.
  • NR
  • 2018
  • 105 minutes

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

Positive Messages

No positive messages. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

No positive role models. 

Violence

Comedic pratfall violence -- slipping and falling, tennis ball to the groin. 

Sex

The lead character is said to be a womanizer, is shown surrounded by scantily clad models while at a cocktail party. 

Language

"Jesus" (as an exclamation), "balls." Potty humor, like stepping in dog poop.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A butler tries to spike his boss's tea with a powdery drug in order to have him sign a contract; later, with the help of the maid, they try to get him drunk on wine. Wine, champagne, and martini drinking. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that 6 Children & 1 Grandfather is a 2018 movie in which a self-centered rich man is given the task of taking in his six rambunctious grandchildren. A butler tries to drug his boss in order to get him to sign a contract giving him a large share of his boss's money. Later, with the help of the maid, he attempts to get him drunk on wine. The lead character is shown to be a womanizer, cavorting with scantily clad models at a cocktail party. There's some potty humor: tennis ball to the groin, stepping in dog excrement. Language includes "Jesus" (as an exclamation) and "balls." 

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What's the story?

In 6 CHILDREN & 1 GRANDFATHER, Shawn McDoll (John Savage) is an aging playboy millionaire who seems to relish being stingy with his friends and docking the pay of his butler and maid over minor infractions. But his life changes when he learns that he is to receive an "inheritance." Believing it to be either more money or sports cars to add to his collection, McDoll cannot believe his good fortune. His mood sours, however, when he learns that what he has inherited is responsibility for taking care of his six tween and teen grandchildren. These grandchildren are precocious and mischievous, and McDoll, at first, is annoyed by their presence and the way in which they're interfering with his lifestyle. Meanwhile, McDoll's butler, Jean Pierre, tired of being taken advantage of by McDoll, is trying to trick McDoll into signing a contract that would give Jean Pierre a sizable amount of McDoll's net worth. McDoll, with the help of his six grandchildren, must learn to understand what is truly important in this life. 

Is it any good?

In every sense, this is a bad, bad, bad movie. While the lead character is supposed to be Scottish, he grows to sound more and more like a New Yorker as 6 Children & 1 Grandfather plods on. In fact, this movie is a menagerie of fake accents. Scenes plod on with no entertainment value or overall purpose, and the actors read their lines like dazed prisoners of war. The attempts at humor are beyond trite, if not outright excruciating, and none of the six grandchildren stand out from each other or emerge as remotely likable. 

There's really nothing redeeming about this movie. It's not even "so bad, it's good." Even the word "assistant" is repeatedly misspelled in the closing credits. There are so many better kids' movies with similar stories and themes out there. Literally, all of them. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the many issues with 6 Children & 1 Grandfather. What makes it so bad? Is there anything redeeming?

  • Can a movie be bad and still be entertaining? What are some examples of movies that are "so bad, they're good"? 

  • How is this movie similar to other films about families? How is it different? 

Movie details

For kids who love family tales

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