Parents' Guide to

Family Weekend

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Teen tries to repair dysfunctional family in so-so comedy.

Movie R 2013 105 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+

Very funny movie! Should be PG-13 instead of R.

This has to be one of the funnier shows I have ever seen. I laughed through most of the movie. There are some sexual references in one part that may not be appropriate for younger audiences. Marijuana is smoked once by an adult, but I did not feel like it was used in a way to encourage children to smoke. As for the R rating, I have no idea what the MPAA was thinking. The F-word is used once and the S-word maybe a couple times, but other than that, I have watched plenty of PG-13 movies that make this movie look like it should have been rated PG in comparison. This is probably the only R-rated movie, besides history or war documentaries, that I would let my teenage children watch. I honestly felt like this was a Family Feature film except for the brief sexual references and occasional swearing. I highly recommend this movie if you are looking for a good "clean" comedy that will keep you laughing.

Is It Any Good?

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Family Weekend has an important lesson at its core, but it's delivered in a way that's both formulaic and trite. Emily's kidnapping plot is so over the top that it's hard to take seriously, but it's easy to see where it's going. The bitter, distracted parents, forced to spend time together, start to remember why they love each other in a scene that's that's not especially convincing. And Emily's siblings each have a single trait (a fixation on old films, an evolving sexuality) that makes them easy to script, rather than making them fully fleshed out characters.

Modine and Chenoweth are at their most convincing as bad parents -- he's a bored slacker who prefers nap time over interacting with kids, and she's an executive who spends more time talking to her mobile phone than her offspring. But once they have to become real parents, their portrayals fall flat, and so does the film.

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