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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Money changes everything -- not so much Brewster as those around him, who swarm and fawn when he's a spend-crazy rich guy and desert him when he isn't (since that's part of Brewster's whole plan anyway, this is not a very pointed lesson). Another minor theme is that poor people are nicer and more honest than snooty rich financeers.
Positive Role Models
The hero is a decent, slightly rascally guy. Upscale businessmen-types, at least some of them, are treacherous and greedy. NYC local politicians are broad-brushed as gangster-like and unethical.
Violence & Scariness
Punching in a barroom brawl and one-on-one against a bad guy.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
No action, just talk; Brewster is said to be a womanizer on the road, overnighting in motels with women. He starts putting the moves on a sexy stranger in his penthouse, but is interrupted. Pick-up lines talk about the health benefits of nude massage.
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Occasional language including "s--t," "Goddamn," "SOB," "honkie," "crap," "asshole," "balls," and "Christ" used as an exclamation.
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Products & Purchases
Considering how the whole plot is about overspending and conspicuous consumerism, there is little product-placement or brand names (Perry Ellis menswear, basically).
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking in bars, restaurants, and in private, including brandishing (and attempted theft of) a valuable bottle of wine. Talk of youthful tobacco-smoking (and the punishment for doing it).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this '80s-era comedy has a fair amount of swearing and drinking. The leading character is supposed to be a womanizer, though no sex is shown onscreen. Even though the plot doesn't exactly endorse greed, it does show Brewster being enormously popular when he has tons of money, a nobody when he doesn't. And he seems to be having more fun with the tons of money. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Considering the same writers did a sharper (and racier) farce about money, race and class distinction -- Trading Places -- this one has to go in the "loss" ledger.
The hard-living Richard Pryor briefly became a Hollywood megastar, his edgy, angry commentaries showcased in a series of live concert stand-up flicks. But later her took on inoffensive good-guy roles like this, making for a much more family-friendly Pryor. Brewster's Millions is an OK time-passer, the star's underdog appeal remains intact -- but it would've been just the same if supporting John Candy (wasted here in a sidekick bit) had played Brewster instead.
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