By Jennifer Green,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Party-centered Brazilian romcom has language, drinking.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Be open to potentially life-changing experiences. Have the courage to be who you are and live your truth. Friendships are among the most important things in life. Real life is more important than clicks, likes, and followers in the virtual world.
Positive Role Models
Nina is obsessed with hitting one million Instagram followers, but learns this life goal might be short-sighted. Her boyfriend is caught cheating on her in a viral video. Michelle kisses just about every man she meets and loses her fiery temper often. Mayra suffered a childhood trauma when she got lost in a crowd and now needs her friends' support in social situations. Vivi won't even consider dating a man unless he can answer her pop culture trivia questions. Freddy is living a lie. Luana makes a series of racist and homophobic-sounding comments when drunk (talking about "gays," "Jews," "Blacks," and "fatties") and gets called out for it by her public. The cast is diverse.
Violence & Scariness
Pratfalls, some while drunk and one that sends a man to the hospital on a stretcher. Mayra flashes back to a traumatic childhood experience where she lost her parents in a large crowd.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lots of characters kiss and make out. One montage scene shows Michelle with a variety of different men and it sounds like she works at a sex shop that sells, among other items, flavored panties. A video seen on a small phone screen shows a man and a woman from the waist up having sex. Nina is known as the "Crossfit Cuckhold" after her boyfriend's cheating goes public. Party scenes show writhing bodies in bikinis or scantily-clad. Vivi suggests a man's muscle size is proportional to how little he reads. Lyrics talk about "booty" and "God in their hearts and the devil in their hips."
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"F--k," "s--t," "ass," "a--hole," "bitch," "hell," "booty," "hottie," "fattie," "hook up," "moron," "cuckhold," "nutcase," "idiot," "pissed," "stupid," "God," "Jesus," "Christ," "Lord." The film was reviewed in Portuguese with English subtitles.
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Products & Purchases
Vivi frequently references pop culture, including Harry Potter, Back to the Future, Star Wars, Pokemon, the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink heavily, frequently until drunk, and sometimes fall down or are involved in mostly harmless accidents. Four women wake up one morning in their clothes on the beach next to an empty bottle of tequila. They drink fast shots at a bar and off a man's naked torso.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Carnaval, like the Brazilian celebration itself, is one big party. After catching her boyfriend in a compromising video (we see him and a woman from the waist up having sex), an Instagram influencer takes her three girlfriends on an expenses-paid trip to Carnaval in the coastal city of Salvador. There they drink every night, often to excess, and make out with a variety of men -- especially one promiscuous character who works at a sex shop. They document their exploits on Instagram, but learn that real life is more important than virtual life. The cast is diverse, and a woman is called out publicly as homophobic and racist for making comments about "gays," "Jews," "Blacks," and "fatties." The English subtitles of this Portuguese-language film include words like "f--k," "s--t," "ass," "a---hole," "bitch," "hell," "booty," "hottie," "fattie," "hook up," "cuckhold," "moron," "nutcase," "idiot," "pissed," "stupid," "God," "Jesus," "Christ," and "Lord."
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What's the Story?
When mid-level Instagram influencer Nina (Giovana Cordeiro) catches her boyfriend (Lipy Adler) cheating on her in a video that goes viral, she plays up the rejection to get a free trip to Salvador de Bahia for the annual CARNAVAL festivities. Nina and her three best friends -- boy-crazy Michelle (Gessica Kayane), quiet Mayra (Bruna Inocencio), and nerdy Vivi (Samya Pascotto) -- head to the beautiful coastal city to party and maybe find love in the process. They're met at the airport by handsome tour guides Salvador (Jean Pedro) and Samir (Rafael Medrado), and are quickly scooped up into the privileged world of Freddy Nunes (Micael), the charismatic musician who paid for a handful of influencers to join his headline act at Carnival. Obsessed with hitting a million followers on Insta, Nina will start putting her new crush Freddy and his world, including more successful influencer Luana (Flavia Pavanelli), above her friendships, risking what's most important to her in the process.
Is It Any Good?
This frothy film about the #lifelessons an Instagram influencer learns during Carnival in Brazil is as superficial as it sounds, but its postcard-perfect setting and gorgeous cast are easy to watch. Scenes from the massive, pulsating street parties of Brazil's Carnaval are captivating, and viewers get a tour of some of the locations, people, and traditions of the gorgeous coastal city of Salvador de Bahia when the women are invited to explore tour guide "Salvador's Salvador." The sexy setting and cast offset a predictable story arc. Of course Nina will risk losing what's truly important to her in her single-minded pursuit of Insta followers. Obviously she needs to put down her phone and learn to enjoy what's "real." Curiously, two other recent Brazilian films take on similar themes -- Love.com and Airplane Mode.
The actors give it their best effort, especially charismatic lead Cordeiro, but they're straddled with surprisingly one-dimensional characters. The women are drawn in broad strokes -- the social one, the promiscuous one, the quiet one, and the nerdy one (whose actions are often accompanied by her own synthesizer riff to underscore she's, yep, the nerdy one). Their biggest concerns during this film are having the right bracelet and the right eyeshadow for the right parties. The men are mostly there as topless eye candy. A late twist on Freddy's character offers some welcome depth, but it comes a little late. Still, if you take this film at face value, meaning you enjoy watching beautiful people partying in gorgeous settings, getting gussied up in glittery costumes, and making out with each other, then go ahead and click on Carnaval.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the history and tradition behind Brazil's Carnaval celebrations. Where could you find more information?
Why are Nina's friends upset with her about her obsession with her Instagram followers? Why is it important to have limits on use of social media?
How is alcohol use portrayed in this film? How was drinking presented here? Were there consequences for this behavior? Why do consequences matter?
- On DVD or streaming: June 2, 2021
- Cast: Giovana Cordeiro, Gessika Kayane, Jean Pedro
- Director: Leandro Neri
- Studio: Netflix
- Genre: Comedy
- Topics: Friendship, Holidays
- Run time: 95 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Last updated: February 17, 2023
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