A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie suggests that it's possible to over-coddle a child to the point where his fixation with his mother can go into overdrive, complicating his parents' life. But it also promotes the idea that building trust can help overcome problems.
Positive Role Models
Conscientious and kind, Molly loves her son, but she begins to worry that she may have been too overprotective and indulgent; she starts thinking about parent-child boundaries late in the game. John doesn't like game-playing in romantic relationships, and he and his ex-wife have what may be the most amicable post-divorce friendship in cinema.
Violence & Scariness
Two guys tussle at a wedding and yell threats, insults, and painful things at each other.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The movie begins with a woman barging in on a man who, from the looks of it, is pleasuring himself to Internet porn. Viewers don't see what he's watching, but his behind is visible from the back and his underwear low on his hips as he reclines in bed with a laptop in front of him. Also, a couple kisses and rolls around on a sofa and in bed.
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Many uses of "f--k," plus "s--t," "hell," "a--hole," and "oh my God."
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Products & Purchases
Mentions of Red Bull and Shrek; logos for Trojan condoms, Chevrolet, Apple, and Adidas.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A man fills up on "liquid courage" -- beer, Red Bull and vodka -- at a party. Some social drinking at restaurants.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this indie comedy about a romance that's hampered by an adult child's fixation with his mother stars Jonah Hill of teen favorites like Superbad and Knocked Up. While this movie isn't as raunchy or over-the-top as those comedies, the subject matter may still be too mature for young teens, and the Oedipus complex references confusing. Expect some swearing (including "s--t" and "f--k") and drinking and a few awkward sexual situations (including a scene that implies masturbation), though little nudity. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
CYRUS will never be mistaken for a typical romantic comedy. Awkward, surprising, and, yes, funny, it swerves when you expect it to stall, slows when you think it will gain speed, and turns dark when you expect it to lighten. And the filmmakers take a gimmick-free approach that wisely avoids the swelling, manipulative soundtrack and cutesy setups of more conventional romcoms.
Reilly and Tomei make an unusual, compelling couple; John and Molly are at ease with their limitations and eager to try for happily ever after, and i's refreshing to see a movie pairing that's not all gloss and no substance. And as the son who just can't let go of Mom, Hill is a joy, particularly when he goes face to face -- literally -- with Reilly in witty verbal skirmishes. All of that said, it's hard not to wonder what would have happened had the filmmakers given into the crazy, unleashing both the unruly Hill we've known and loved in movies like Superbad and the feral Reilly that simmers under his gentle surface. The result might have been more typical, but it might also have been more, well, fun.
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