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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Somewhere in this Brazilian slapstick comedy is a lesson on tolerance and acceptance.
In its own way, the slapstick comedy highlights aspects of Brazilian samba and carnival culture.
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Violence & Scariness
Slapstick and pratfall violence throughout. Parrot bites the tongue of lead character, causing the tongue to stretch out to an absurd length as everyone screams in panic. Parrot thought to be killed by lead character as he breaks its neck -- the parrot is revived shortly after by an overly powerful EKG charge. Matriarch of family thought to be killed after lead character accidentally shoots her with a tranquilizer gun. Reference made to how the person who lived in the house where the lead characters have just moved died by suicide after sticking his head in the oven.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual innuendo throughout. A lead character is constantly coming up with metaphors for sex. During a dinner party with neighbors, Walter is under the impression that his next-door neighbor Toninho is implying that he and his wife Kelly are swingers, and that they want to sleep with Walter and his wife, Joana. Some jokey talk of how the prescription medication Walter must take for his nerves causes erectile dysfunction. Lead character kept awake by sounds of loud sex from neighbors outside in their swimming pool.
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Strong language throughout. "F--k" often used. Also "motherf----r," "s--t," "goddamn," "ass," "bastard," "piss," "crap," "damn," "douche bag."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking at pool parties. Beer drinking, shot drinking. Wine drinking at dinner party. Cigar smoking throughout. Characters get drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Fenced In is a 2022 Brazilian slapstick comedy in which a man with sensitivity to noise moves in next to an obnoxious family who leads a salsa school. Expect a lot of slapstick violence, including scenes in which the lead character's tongue is attacked by a parrot and stretched out to an absurd length. The matriarch of a family is presumed dead after the lead character accidentally shoots her with a tranquilizer gun. There's talk of the suicide of the last person who lived in the house the lead characters have just moved into. Strong language throughout includes "f--k" and "motherf----r." Characters are seen smoking cigars and drinking beer and shots. There's wine drinking at a dinner party; characters get drunk. Sexual content includes innuendo throughout and a scene in which the lead character is kept awake by neighbors having sex outside. 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 is an obnoxious slapstick comedy in which the premise is exhausted within 20 minutes. Fenced In has some dubious lapses in story logic at the beginning that everyone is supposed to ignore because -- hey, it's just a silly comedy. Fair enough, but when all is said and done, there's more story, depth, and even laughs to be had from the average Roadrunner/Wile E. Coyote cartoon than anything this movie has to offer. It's at least 30 minutes longer than it needs to be, and the vast majority of the gags are stale and predictable.
Some comedy works, such as a seance scene in which one of the punchlines concerns a character claiming to have been "Obama" in a past life, but these moments are few and far between. There are some interesting highlights of Brazilian culture, even if they're likely to be overshadowed by Leandro Hassum's nonstop mugging for the camera and scenes of, among other things, parrots biting tongues. It's supposed to be silly and dumb and slapsticky and everything, but that shouldn't be an excuse for a movie to be uninspired.
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