A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The premise of the movie means there are no real positive messages.
Positive Role Models
Both main characters are gender stereotypes; she emotional and needy, and he clueless and aloof.
Violence & Scariness
Talk of a teenager who experienced a physical assault.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Infidelity is central to the plot. Several instances of characters talking about having sex. Multiple scenes in which adults just finished having sex. One sex scene showing a bare-chested man and a bra-clad woman in bed with a sheet covering their lower bodies.
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Occasional use of words like "merda" ("s--t"), "cazzo" ("d--k"), "stronzo" ("a--hole"), "coglione" ("a--hole"), "vaffanculo" ("f--k off").
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Products & Purchases
Explicit discussion of characters using an iPhone.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults sip cocktails at a bar.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Couple Therapy for Cheaters (Terapia di coppia per amanti) is an Italian romantic comedy that follows an untraditional couple through their relationship counseling. The premise -- that they go to therapy to save their relationship despite the fact that they're each married to someone else -- presents some potentially iffy issues around commitment and marriage. Though Couple Therapy for Cheaters is billed as a comedy, there's a lot of discussion about the nature of love and relationships. There are some sexy scenes, including one in which the main characters are seen having sex. An older man also talks about his much younger girlfriend and tries, unsuccessfully, to flirt with a young woman. The couple does follow some gendered stereotypes. She's emotional and needy and wants to talk about the relationship; he's mostly clueless and aloof. But for the most part, content issues are treated respectfully enough to make Couple Therapy for Cheaters appropriate for teens -- if they're even interested. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
For those who enjoy deep, introspective glances into other people's love lives, this story about an untraditional couple finding their way may have some appeal. However, for everyone else, the excessive relationship drama will feel tedious. The premise is simultaneously clever (they're not even a "couple" per se, and they're in couples therapy!) and morally questionable (they're each shamelessly cheating on their respective spouses). Plus, Modesto's young adult son helps conceal the extramarital affair from the wife, showing a decided lack of respect for his own mother. We're expected to root for Viviana and Modesto's relationship without knowing much about their respective marriages. Viewers may find the premise amusing -- or, on the other, be appalled.
Viviana can be annoying as she over analyzes and has dramatic emotional outbursts, while Modesto's music career may interest music aficionados. A side plot that follows the therapist's own relationship misses the mark. Rather than present an interesting commentary on therapy -- for example, how psychotherapists can have similar issues to their patients -- it comes out as ridiculously painful and unrealistic. Couple Therapy for Cheaters is a niche movie that may please some but will disappoint most.
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