A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Positive Role Models
Strong female character and plenty of personal growth for the main character.
Violence & Scariness
Comic violence, including murder and accidental death.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual references, including adultery.
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Strong language, including the "N" word.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking and smoking, drug references.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Down to Earth has strong language, including frequent use of the "N" word. (The movie points out that everything depends on whether the word is said by a white person or a black person -- this is well worth discussing.) There are sexual references and situations, including adultery and a proposed menage a trois (with two women in bed). A couple's sexual relationship includes insults and fighting. Characters drink and smoke, and make drug references. Characters are killed (some accidentally) and one commits suicide because he has lost his money. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The people behind this frivolous comedy (the Weitz brothers, of American Pie and Chuck and Buck) wisely devote 25 percent of the film to Rock's stand-up routine. Chris Rock has a likeable comic presence and has made some memorable screen appearances in movies like Dogma and Nurse Betty. But he's not an actor. He has no capacity to show even the few emotions called for in Down to Earth. During the dramatic and romantic episodes, he always appears to be counting the minutes before he can go back on stage. It is also a real disappointment to see the comic talents of one of today's most talented actresses, Regina King (of Jerry Maguire and How Stella Got Her Groove Back) neglected.
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