A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Promiscuity. Drug use. Money laundering. Focus on pornography.
Positive Role Models
Characters do everything to excess, including drinking, taking drugs, and having sex. Caprice enters the porn industry in an attempt to become a mainstream actress. Serge regularly cheats on his wife and has little interest in his family. Franck becomes heavily involved in drugs. All of that said, most of the characters are determined to make the best porn film they can.
Violence & Scariness
A sex shop/strip club is attacked by masked assailants with mallets -- mirrors are smashed, and a man is kicked repeatedly on the floor. A gun is fired several times indoors by a character who's high on cocaine.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Explicit sex throughout. Full-frontal nudity. Sex toys. Oral sex. Masturbation. Group sex. Two instances in which a character is assumed to ejaculate over another. In one scene, a child is present while a porn scene is filmed. Strippers. Candid discussions about sex. Lingering shots of breasts and buttocks. Kissing.
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Strong language throughout. Includes variants of "f--k," "crap," "s--t," "ass," "c--k," "butthole," "a--hole," "bitch," "damn," "hell," "p---y," "balls," "jerk off," and "bastard." Character calls another a "f-g."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Many examples of drug use, including cocaine and weed. One character's use could be classified as addiction. Two characters talk about buying acid. Many characters smoke. Characters regularly drink to excess, including champagne and scotch. Characters suffer hangovers; in one scene, a character falls over after drinking too much.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dirty Cops (L'amour est une fête) is a French dramedy (with English subtitles) about the 1980s porn industry. It has lots of graphic sex, nudity -- including full frontal -- and drug use. Characters participate in pornographic film shoots, which include implied sex, oral sex, and threesomes; in two instances, a man is presumed to ejaculate over a woman. In one scene, a child is present while a pornographic scene is filmed. Women regularly appear naked, and the camera often lingers on their breasts and buttocks. A female character is seen masturbating, and two male characters start to masturbate in preparation for filming a pornographic scene. Characters take drugs frequently, specifically cocaine, and one character appears to be addicted. Characters also regularly drink too much, and many characters smoke. There's some violence, too (including gunfire), but it's minimal when compared to the sex and drugs. Strong language is used throughout, including "f--k," "p---y," "c--k," "s--t," and more. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This French dramedy has plenty of style but little substance. Comparisons have been made to 1997's Boogie Nights. But while the porn, drugs, and violence in that movie were held together by a plot, Dirty Cops' narrative plays second fiddle. Set in the 1980s, the movie captures the seediness of Paris' red light district, while at the same time glamorizing it -- opting for comedic set pieces rather than gritty realism. Canet and Lellouche's performances as the undercover cops match those you'd expect from two of French cinema's finest actors. But their descent into the sex-and-drugs lifestyle fails to draw you in, meaning you end up not caring much about their plight.
For a movie that centers around the porn industry, it does well -- for the most part -- in not exploiting the female characters, although there is some leering. It suggests that the women are just as enthusiastic to be a part of this world as the men. Characters sleep with one another with little consequence, capturing the supposed free-spiritedness of the decade. But ultimately that's what the movie feels like: a love letter to a time long gone, whose reality was no doubt far darker than how it's portrayed here.
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