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Budapest

Movie review by
Barbara Shulgas..., Common Sense Media
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Raunchy bachelor party-planning tale; sex, drugs, cursing.
  • NR
  • 2019
  • 102 minutes

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

Positive Messages

Strong friendships sometimes can endure major rifts. Apologizing is important. Friendship should be more important than making money. Men want to go crazy right before they settle down and get married.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Arnaud is a fast-talking, lying con man who thinks telling the truth makes him a wimp. Vincent thinks telling the truth is the most important thing, even if it hurts someone he cares about.

Violence

A groom throws up as he's about to kiss his bride after a weekend of partying. A man high on drugs threatens to jump off a roof. He's pushed off onto a large inflated tarp below. A man falls and breaks his arm. Women chase a man through the woods, shooting him with paint guns. Men shoot automatic weapons at a car for the fun of destroying it. Guys drive a tank and shoot a missile from it. Jokes or references are made to Osama Bin Laden and antisemitism.

Sex

A man frankly describes foreplay with his wife, talking dirty to her, and "breast-feeding" at his wife's breasts, as well as his sexual attraction to heavy women. A sex club features wildly-costumed men and women, as well as scantily-clad women, and bare breasts. Couples are seen having sex, mostly nude. (No genitals are seen.) A man tries to kiss another man, who isn't interested. A woman kisses a woman. A man is offered oral sex by a woman masquerading as his hotel housekeeper. In a sex club, couples are seen having sex standing up in a hallway. A man shows off a tattoo on his arm of an erect penis and testicles. An over-sized throw pillow is of a nude man with an erect penis.

Language

"Motherf--ker," "s--t," "f--k," "bitch," "d--k," "ass," "hard on," "blow job," "jerk off," "hooker," "sodomy," "damn."

Consumerism

The movie is about organizing and marketing a last fling to bachelors right before they get married, including consumption of alcohol and drugs and the company of good-looking women.

 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adults drink alcohol. Two men take ecstasy without knowing it until it's too late. The film depicts a bad trip and hallucinations. Cocaine use is mentioned. A man is so high he threatens to jump off a roof.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Budapest, a 2018 French comedy with English subtitles, mines the same territory as The HangoverBridesmaids, and Search Party. The movie revels in raunchy, out-of-control behavior, with lots of partying, nudity, sex, including women with women and men with men, as well as talk of fetishes, some induced by drugs and alcohol, and some by ordinary lust and/or stupidity. This is not to say that adults could not enjoy the broad, farcical humor, but anyone younger will be in over their heads. Language includes "f--k," "mother--ker," "s--t," "d--k," and "blow job." Adults smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol to excess, and take ecstasy. Cocaine is mentioned. Several scenes focus on hallucinatory reactions to drugs and one totally-wasted man threatens to jump off a roof. Jokes or references are made to Osama Bin Laden and antisemitism.

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What's the story?

When Arnaud (Jonathan Cohen) and Vincent (Mayu Payet) can't get into an exclusive Parisian night club for a bachelor party, they decide to create their own bachelor party service, sending young French guys for weekends of sexual and adventurous revelry in BUDAPEST, the Hungarian city with a reputation for cheap and uncensored entertainment. They quit their dull jobs, tell their remarkably-supportive wives, and embark on providing sex, drugs, and hot-air ballooning with beautiful girls for Parisian men with disposable incomes. Wild and crazy Georgio (Monsieur Poulpe) is the Budapest-based host who knows all the legal and illegal entertainments in the city. He takes them to a shooting range where the owner offers to let them chase and kill one of his employees for a fee. Shooting cars with automatic weapons with hot "chicks" is offered, as well as the joy of being jumped by attack dogs. Vincent and Arnaud both wrestle with sexual temptation, and succumbing nearly ends their friendship, their marriages, and the company.

Is it any good?

The frenetic pacing of this movie matches the snarky humor, as profanity-laced one-liners fly by, some funny and others just raunchy. Budapest means to bask in the lowness of humanity; for example, one lead character proudly insists his dishonesty serves others. No doubt, many people live by such a philosophy, but this creates a likability problem that some viewers, no matter what age, may have trouble getting past. Though two married men lose their marriages over infidelities, one manages to glue things back together, while the other, still devoutly dishonest, is left in the cold. Older teens may enjoy the anarchy of two middle-aged guys struggling to enjoy their lives before it's too late, but the idea that men have to behave like naughty boys in order to have a good time is questionable.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the urge for revelry that seems built in to some people's hardwiring. When you first hear the idea for a business that will exploit such urges, do you assume the business will fail or succeed? Why?

  • Arnaud believes in lying to his wife and Vincent believes in always telling the truth. Which philosophy seems more sound to you? Why?

  • Budapest presents a full table of sexual proclivities and choices adults might make, all of which are catered to at a night club/sex club. What is the movie's attitude toward sex and drugs? How can you tell? Do you have the same opinion? Why or why not?

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