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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Bad Therapy is a comedy-thriller that's not particularly violent but has lots of iffy behavior. Middle schoolers vape marijuana and get caught, but there aren't any consequences. There's drunk driving and a pregnant woman who drinks and takes tranquilizers. A woman unbuttons a man's shirt, caresses and straddles him, and later a "blow job" is mentioned. Marital infidelity gets a strong reaction at first, but ultimately everything goes back to normal without much discussion. A middle schooler is seen around the house in her underwear; later there's some implications of her stepfather looking at her and "thinking about her that way." Strong language isn't frequent but includes "s--t," "motherf--ker," and "a--hole." An adult threatens a middle schooler by slashing her cheek with a permanent marker. Otherwise violence includes a punch in the face, kidnapping, threatening with a knife, and biting. A character is chloroformed, gagged, and tied up. There aren't any very good role models, but a variety of skin tones and ethnicities are represented in the supporting and background cast. Positive messages are weak, and iffy messages, especially about women, are plentiful.
What's the story?
Bob (Rob Corddry) and Susan (Alicia Silverstone) get some BAD THERAPY when they start seeing a marriage counselor (Michaela Watkins). Bob's pretty happy with his life as it is. He loves his wife and stepdaughter, and he genuinely enjoys his job, even if he wishes the pay were better. Susan, on the other hand, can't stand her job, and feels like she needs a change. Susan's friend (Aisha Tyler) recommends counseling, so off they go. Before long things with the marriage counselor start to seem a little odd. And they only get odder with each visit. Little could Bob and Susan imagine how far off the rails things could go.
Is it any good?
Unfortunately this movie, despite its talented cast of comedy veterans, falls short in both the comedy and the thriller departments. As a comedy, none of the main characters seem able to take their performances over the top enough to really land any laughs, which in fairness to them is probably because the script is pretty weak. (Aisha Tyler and couple of very minor characters nail it, though.) As for the thriller aspects, Michaela Watkins does a good job slowly revealing how truly off balance she is and walking a fine line between innocence and menace. But when things are supposed to start getting intense, Bad Therapy loses its way, unable to give us an enjoyably dark comedy or land any genuine chills.
There are lots of iffy messages and iffy behavior. Mature sexuality, alcohol and drug use, and some strong language make it suitable for older teens and up.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the drug and alcohol use in Bad Therapy. Is it a big deal? What are some consequences that could happen in real life?
Did you notice any gender stereotyping? If so, did it come from the characters themselves, or from the movie's overall point of view, or both?
What about the strong language? Is it realistic? Does it matter?
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