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Donny's Bar Mitzvah

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Ultra-crass comedy isn't funny; nudity, drugs, cursing.

Movie NR 2021 79 minutes
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It's nearly impossible to convey how horribly crass this movie is. Let's just say that Donny's Bar Mitzvah makes the Adam Sandler movies of the '90s seem like dour dramatic plays. Pretty much every profanity is used by everyone from tweens to teens to adults. Everyone is binge drinking and using drugs. Teens have sex with adults, and most sex acts are either performed or discussed. It's all in the name of humor, but the thing is, the movie's not funny. It's just offensive and tiresome.

Indeed, the glib and crass dialogue and behavior of these debauched characters grows tiresome within the first 10 minutes. There are some decent moments of satire, and the expected pop culture circa 1998 references to AOL, Caesar haircuts, Pop-Up Video, and the like. But any legitimately funny moments are overshadowed by countless examples of situations like the one in which a closeted gay teen offers to perform a sex act involving the backside of his best friend's closeted gay father. Everything is so gratuitous, obnoxious, and over the top, it's painful. Teens and adults should look elsewhere for laughs.

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