Delta Farce

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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War in Iraq isn't funny -- neither is this movie.
  • PG-13
  • 2007
  • 100 minutes

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 7 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Culturally insensitive characters can't tell the difference between Mexicans and Iraqis. Even though the cuisine and dress are stereotypically Mexican, these things are still confused with Iraqi culture.

Violence

Military-issued machine guns are used against gangsters with various weapons. Many shots are fired, but there's no blood or obvious deaths. One character is accidentally buried alive. Reference (innuendo-style) to rape.

Sex

Jokes about "quickies," "hooters," and "C-cups" innuendo about homosexual sex, marriage.

Language

Mostly "s--t," but also "retard," "ass," "a--hole," "bitch," "t--s," "piss," and "godamnit."

Consumerism

Hooters restaurant, Corona beer, Chewbacca.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The guys drink tequila and beer; Larry chews tobacco.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this lowbrow war send up is aimed at 13-year-olds who like broad jokes based on stereotypes. Since the story is about three dopey reservists who confuse Mexico for Iraq, there are several culturally insensitive moments that portray Mexicans (not to mention Southern men) very stereotypically. Language includes "s--t" and "retard." Star Larry the Cable Guy and his pals spew many fart jokes and fire many rounds of ammunition for their "mission." Families with loved ones deployed in Iraq probably won't be amused, even if the movie is dedicated to the troops.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTammydj May 1, 2020

Goofy

Slap stick comedy about bumbling idiot friends. It's not filthy, but can be a bit indelicate and crass. Some may disagree, but I think the lack of politica... Continue reading
Adult Written bybobroooss December 3, 2019
Kid, 9 years old April 4, 2010

Delta Force

Rated PG-13 For Crude And Sexual Humor
Kid, 10 years old February 18, 2010

1 star??

This movie was hilarious. Some sex references but nothing big.

What's the story?

A recently jilted Larry and his loser buddies Everett (DJ Qualls) and Bill (Bill Engvall) hole up at their state Army reservists' base for a weekend of drinking and hunting. When they're activated by hard-nosed Sergeant Kilgore (Keith David channeling R. Lee Ermey from Full Metal Jacket), they still don't understand the severity of being called up for duty. Sleeping in the air transport on the way to Fallujah, they accidentally get ejected and don't realize they are in fact in Mexico instead. The three amigos come across two Mexican men speaking Spanish but still believe they're in Iraq. The Mexicans, realizing that the American soldiers are indeed as dense as their helmets, lure the threesome to their besieged village to ward off bandits led by Carlos Santana (no, not the musician, the underrated character actor Danny Trejo from Grindhouse and Spy Kids).

Is it any good?

David and Trejo are compelling supporting players, but even their presence can't make DELTA FARCE watchable. The war just isn't amusing, and neither is portraying red-state soldiers and Mexicans as stereotypical buffoons. And that's something moviegoers on every point of the political spectrum would probably agree upon.

No matter how viewers feel about the current war in Iraq, it's probably safe to say that most families don't consider it a funny topic. Apparently Larry the Cable Guy -- otherwise known as the "Git 'er done" member of the Blue Collar Comedy group -- and his pal, director C.B. Harding, thought otherwise when they developed this war movie parody.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether this movie is a criticism of the war or a tribute to the troops it's dedicated to. Is it funny to ridicule the military, the war, and active reservists? Why or why not? How are Mexicans portrayed? What stereotypes does the film exploit? Does calling something a "spoof" mean it's OK to go for laughs based on labels and preconceived notions?

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