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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Stay true to yourself. Appreciate and value friendships ("Boyfriends come and go, but you're lucky to have good friends.") Deal with one crisis at a time.
Positive Role Models
Mistake-prone, impulsive young woman who isn't sure of her worth learns to trust her instincts, accept herself as she is, and be a good friend. Some stereotyping: uptight young business man; shrill, overprotective mom; self help guru, businessmen on the make. Ethnic diversity.
Violence & Scariness
Comic action: falls, an electric shock, a car overturns, a punch in the face. An instance of dolphin-human sex is implied.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Kissing, sexual foreplay, sometimes with comic intent. Conversations with sexual content: masturbation, "revenge" sex toys, infidelity. A dolphin is shown cavorting with an erect penis. Female hero is mistaken for a pedophile.
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Profanity, insults, and raunchy language throughout, including: "f--k," "s--t," "whore," "d--k," "penis," "hard sex," "dildo," "boner," "blow him." Overweight boy refers to "fat camp."
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Products & Purchases
Corona and Heineken beer.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking in multiple scenes; some drunkenness. A reference to "Percocet."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Desperados is a romcom that takes a group of women in crisis on a trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Leading the threesome is a jobless, loveless, debt-ridden school guidance counselor with a penchant for getting herself into trouble. Retrieving a hastily-sent, offensive email in a Cabo resort is her goal. Chaos awaits all three. Continuous profanity, insult-humor, and sexual conversation is part of the film's bawdy tone. Viewers can expect to hear multiple uses of "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," numerous euphemisms for penis (" thin d--k," "pecker," "boner"), and banter about dildos, masturbation, and "balls." A running gag concerns the leading lady being falsely accused of pedophilia. An instance of dolphin-human sex is implied, with the creature's erection briefly on display to elicit laughs. On-screen sexual activity is limited to kisses and glimpses of foreplay. A few comic falls, an overturned car, and one punch in the face contribute to the overall silliness of the movie. Characters drink alcohol in multiple social situations, with occasional drunkenness. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Although there are some very funny moments, along with a leading lady whose comic sensibility and lack of vanity are quite charming, the movie is more cringe-worthy than clever. It's a matter of degrees. Desperados' dolphin sexual performance is over the top, for sure. But the ongoing thread of Wesley's presumed pedophilia is not only ludicrous, it's also repetitious -- watching a very young actor asked to pound the joke into the ground isn't so much funny as embarrassing. The story is a conventional one: racing time to save a reputation, and in this case, a romantic fantasy, isn't new. Still, Nasim Pedrad delivers a solid first lead role, and the production is colorful and slick.
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