Addicted to Fresno

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S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Dark comedy about sex, death is edgy but not funny.
  • NR
  • 2015
  • 85 minutes

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age 18+
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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Characters initially prioritize the wrong things, but eventually there's a bit of self awareness/actualization.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Shannon is a self-described sex addict who has no sense of empathy and doesn't display any feelings for anyone around her. Her self-centeredness is dragging her down, along with her sister, Martha, who wants to help (at the expense of her own needs) but is increasingly frustrated with her sister's behavior.

Violence

Two people get into a scuffle that takes a tragic turn when one slips and hits his head. The other spends much of the rest of the film saddled with a dead body as she tries to find a way to dispose of it. Much of this is played for laughs, and there's little sense of empathy or horror that she's accidentally killed someone. 

Sex

The main character is a self-described sex addict who spends much of the movie talking about sex (sometimes very graphically, i.e. discussion of a desire to "suck d--k," etc.) and propositioning almost any man who crosses her path. A few brief sex scenes are anything but erotic; they feature noises, vigorous thrusting, and a long look at a man's naked butt. An extended scene includes tips on oral sex techniques. The characters visit a sex shop and end up with a cart filled to overflowing with sex toys that appear later, too.

Language

Frequent strong language, especially "ass," "d--k," "p---y," "jizz," "s--t," and plenty of variations of "f--k." One of the main characters is a sex addict who talks about her encounters at length at in graphic detail, including plenty of references to oral sex. 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some social drinking, at bars and while people are relaxing at home. One of the main characters smokes cigarettes frequently throughout the film. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Addicted to Fresno is a dark comedy that tries to mine laughs from sex addiction, murder, and stealing from children. The main character talks about sex all the time, and she'll sneak away for furtive encounters with almost anyone who'll have her -- though there's little actual nudity, and her encounters don't look especially sexy. Unsurprisingly, there are also tons of sexual references and lots of swearing (including "s--t," "f--k," and some graphic discussions about oral sex), as well as social drinking and a character who smokes cigarettes throughout the film. A scuffle leads to an accidental death and a dead body being schlepped around, and sex toys show up as unusual props in several scenes.

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Adult Written bySam Marrick April 26, 2017

Horrible unfunny drivel. Dark humor not done right.

Characters are insufferable, unlikable and grossly deranged. Yet we are expected to care. No sense of tone or pacing. Not even any satirically complex looks at... Continue reading

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What's the story?

Fresh out of rehab, sex addict Shannon (Judy Greer) is back home in Fresno, Calif., where she gets a job working alongside her sister, Martha (Natasha Lyonne), cleaning rooms at a hotel. But old habits are hard to break, and a random hook-up with a a guest results in a tragic accident that leaves the man dead and the two sisters looking for a way to get rid of the body. That leads to a string of ill-fated incidents -- including visits to a sex-toy emporium, a bar mitzvah, and a funeral home for pets -- as the sisters' predicament gets more and more complicated and their relationship becomes more and more tense.

Is it any good?

ADDICTED TO FRESNO is a waste of Greer's talents; she tries her best but fails to rescue this woeful movie. At its center are its attempts to extract laughs from Shannon's awfulness and the mishap the sisters find themselves in, but viewers just aren't likely to buy it. The crime that drives the plot is too awful for words, and the tone is all over the place. Put simply, it's off-putting. Greer and Lyonne are a watchable pair -- in fact, they and the rest of the ensemble are probably the only reason anyone would watch this movie. But, sadly, there's nothing addictive here.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Addicted to Fresno handles the topic of sex. What role does it play in the characters' lives? Do you think their attitudes toward the topic are healthy?

  • Are any of the characters in the movie role models? Why or why not?

  • Why do you think Shannon and Martha are so different? How did their shared experiences growing up shape them so differently?

Movie details

For kids who love comedies

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