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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Positive Role Models
The movie leans into stereotypes and broad characterizations; no one here is a role model.
Women are portrayed as damsels in distress; there's a scene filled with gay jokes/stereotypes. A random little person pops up as a sexual joke.
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Violence & Scariness
Gun play and comedic violence (like fake-looking body parts landing everywhere), Dr. Phil and others being shot, a delusional woman eating glass, a woman being crushed to death, and other disaster-movie stereotypes.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Many references to sex acts; a couple of female characters are shown wearing lingerie; Beowulf's naked rear is visible; three people are in bed together; the princess, who has a pimp, says she'll "do anything" if the price is right.
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Language includes "s--t," "d--k," "bitch," "ass," "a--hole," "p---y."
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Products & Purchases
Starting with the framing device cribbed from Cloverfield, the entire movie is strung together by overt references to popular films, musicians, and TV shows, including Juno, No Country for Old Men, Wanted, Enchanted, Kung Fu Panda, Hancock, Jumper, Night at the Museum, High School Musical, Alvin and the Chipmunks, Get Smart, Indiana Jones, Hellboy II, Amy Winehouse, Flavor Flav, Dr. Phil, Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana, the Jonas Brothers, and many, many more. Actual products include Mac, Pinkberry, Calvin Klein, Ambien, Facebook, MTV, Head On, and others.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink at a party, where teens try to steal booze; references to various drugs.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Disaster Movie is a crude parody from the same directing team responsible for Date Movie, Epic Movie, and Meet the Spartans. Like all of those movies, this one features a seemingly endless list of celebrity impersonations and reenactments of scenes from other popular films. Expect strong language ("s--t," "a--hole," etc.) and comedic violence. There are a couple of scenes of women in bikinis or lingerie, a shot of Beowulf's naked behind, and tons of sex-based jokes and references. As for commercialism, the entire film could be regarded as an ad for all of the movies and celebrities it references. 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 decade has brought us a series of successively less bearable, virtually unwatchable "comedies" from directors Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, and this is yet another. Unlike the classic genre parodies of the '70s and '80s that left audiences nearly out of breath from laughing so hard, what they make isn't even comedy; it's more like a parade of popular movie characters and celebrities stitched together with punchlines so eye-rollingly predictable that most seventh-graders could have written them.
The actors themselves, a few of whom are MADtv veterans, aren't to blame. None of them is well-known enough -- with the exceptions of Carmen Electra and Kim Kardashian, both of whom have their ample "actorly" assets on display -- to turn down a film role. The fact that Lions Gate keeps giving Friedberg and Seltzer a platform for this dreck is the real disaster.
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