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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie's primary message is that luck is in your heart and your head, and not in some external force, such as a good-luck talisman. The film also espouses messages of loyalty, friendship, and doing the right thing.
Positive Role Models
Single mom Lydia is a caring and concerned mother. Jack "Deuce" Cooper is a loyal friend who tries to do the right thing. A baseball coach mentors Cooper to believe in himself in spite of losing many games for the team.
Violence & Scariness
Violence is minimal and cartoonish, with no blood or gore. In one scene, a chimp drives a truck recklessly through town. A chimp's forcible caging is implied off screen. A fight to rescue the chimp involves a punch to the face, a kick to the groin, and a baseball bat to an arm. A chimp's cage is electrocuted.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A bit of romantic content and sexual innuendo including a brief clip of Miss America contests parading around in bikinis on a television set. A young girl asks Deuce if he's "gay," and why he hasn't asked out her mother yet, then encourages him to ask her out. Cooper says "wow" while eyeing a woman's dress and body. A couple slow dances and embraces, plus a few kisses. Sexual innuendo when Cooper says, tongue-in-cheek, "I'm gonna spank that monkey."
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Recurring casual cursing includes "hell" and "dammit." Some gender-based insults, such as when the coaches call the baseball players "ladies" to mock them.
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Products & Purchases
A Cherry Coke is plugged in one scene.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
In one key scene, the team members convene at a local bar to mourn a fellow player's dismissal, where they all take a shot of liquor, and then are seen drinking beers. Deuce becomes visibly drunk and tries to drive. The chimp takes over and drives him while he is passed out in the passenger seat. The next day, he and other players are visibly hungover, and they are told not to practice. A coach drinks cocktails regularly and some characters chew tobacco or smoke cigars.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ed is a family comedy that's largely an innocuous, if immature, buddy flick that relies near-exclusively on potty humor (read: fart jokes) and the wacky hijinks of an animatronic chimpanzee to garner laughs. The profanity is mild but recurring, but the trickier question the movie raises for parents is the presence of a scene that includes drinking and an attempt at drunk driving that is played for comedy, with no explicit consequences. In another potentially problematic scene, the main character "Deuce" lies, steals a truck, and uses violence to resolve conflict, in the service of doing the right thing to rescue his friend. 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 challengingly cheesy comedy is long on fart jokes and short on charm. The animatronic, mechanical monkey and more than one supporting character are as cornball as it gets, and the recurring bathroom humor and monkey-acts-like-a-monkey jokes get tedious fast. It is no surprise that this flick received a whopping four Razzies in its heyday.
Nonetheless, kids of any age (and some adults) will likely delight at the armpit flatulence, flatulence competitions, and general silliness (read: flatulence) of the chimpanzee. However, parents will need to make a judgment call on how to handle the scene of drinking and attempted drunk driving that is no better resolved by having the chimp take the wheel. But assuming that's a challenge worth taking, the adults suffering through this misguided romp can enjoy passing the time by debating the merits of LeBlanc's first big feature just after his success on Friends, early career appearances by actors like Jim Cavaziel, or Tommy Lasorda as himself. You take what you can get.
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