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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
None Mild scariness and peril, mostly comic
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Strong sexual references for a PG-13
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Strong language for a PG-13
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A lot of drinking, drug humor, references to drug use
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie has some very strong material for a PG-13, including explicit sexual references and a graphic apparent sexual situation, very strong language, a lot of drinking, and drug humor (it's supposed to be very funny that a very dignified elderly lady gets stoned on marijuana). A young teenage girl sneaks out with a boy and finds it more than she can handle when he takes her to a party where people are drinking and doing drugs and he tries to force her to have sex. It is supposed to be funny that Peter's son reads a dirty magazine (that belongs to Peter) and that Peter's sister-in-law is essentially a paid girlfriend for very elderly rich men. Some people may be offended by some of the racist language and stereotypes, but the movie is clear that it is offensive and stupid to be bigoted and cowardly and foolish to be silent when those views are expressed. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is Steve Martin's best film in years. The character and situations are made for him. Queen Latifah is sensational -- warm, funny, and sexy and utterly charming. The script loses its way several times, particularly with a tasteless plot line about Peter's racist society party girl of a sister-in-law. But that doesn't matter much since most of the plot makes no sense at all. But this is still a better-than-average comedy that works very well much of the time. Queen Latifah's wonderfully radiant star quality, Steve Martin's comic grace and Eugene Levy's masterful turn as Peter's besotted partner do bring down the house.
This movie falls squarely in what I call the "Cat in the Hat" genre, in which a straight-laced person (A) who plays by the rules has his or her life turned upside down by someone (B) who represents uncertainty, vitality, and taking risks. After A complains about how B is irresponsible and how B is messing everything up, there is always a scene in which A tells B, "I learned/got so much more from you than you ever did from me! This is the best day of my life!"
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