By Jeffrey Anderson,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Lazy comedy about lazy people is vulgar, dumb, and unfunny.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
With the exception of the central romance, the movie is mainly about avoiding responsibility, lying, cheating, taking advantage of friends, and generally giving up control of your life.
Positive Role Models
Though he's hardly a role model, the main character shows a little bit of regret and remorse over the actions of his friends, and he makes a tiny attempt to get his life back in order. He returns to his dream -- and the hard work -- of being a musician and learning how to be more responsible so that he can deserve his new girlfriend's attention.
Violence & Scariness
A brief scene of fighting during a party, and characters sometimes tease and antagonize one another.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
During one sequence, the friends agree to let a porn movie shoot in the mansion; this sequence includes female toplessness, male bottoms, simulated sex, and heavy sexual innuendo and porn terminology. Brief, full-frontal male nudity is shown in another sequence, as well as other scenes of flirting, kissing, and seduction (men and women in hot tubs together).
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Language is extremely strong, with multiple uses of "f--k" and "s--t," as well as "c--k," "c--t," "a--hole," the "N" word, "ass," "nutsack," "bitch," "d--k," "penis," "jizz," "semen," "balls," "anal," and "Jesus Christ."
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Products & Purchases
Pinkberry frozen yogurt is mentioned in one scene as being very addictive. A Coca-Cola can is briefly on view in another scene.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Though no one appears to overindulge or have an addiction problem, characters are shown constantly sipping at beers or drinking wine with dinner. One long sequence shows all the friends smoking pot over the course of a day. One scene alludes to the friends being drug dealers (a man asks for a "dime bag").
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Freeloaders is an over-the-top comedy from Broken Lizard, the troupe behind Super Troopers, Club Dredd, The Babymakers, and more. The group's brand of humor is vulgar and simpleminded, with lots of sexual content and very strong language (including "f--k," "s--t," "c--k," and much more). One scene, in which a porn movie is shot, particularly stands out, with female toplessness, simulated sex, naked male bottoms, and heavy innuendo and sex talk; another scene briefly shows full-frontal male nudity. The main characters drink beer regularly and smoke pot in one long scene. No one appears to have any addictions or drug-related troubles, but there's a joke about drug dealing. There's some arguing, and a brief shot of fighting during a party. Enthusiasm over Broken Lizard's movies seems to have died down in the past decade, so it's unlikely that many teens will be interested.
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What's the Story?
In Hollywood, a group of "freeloaders" -- Dave (Josh Lawson), Emma (Zoe Boyle), Benny (Kevin Sussman), Fritz (Nat Faxon), Trane (Warren Hutchinson), and Vic (Clifton Collins Jr.) -- have all been crashing at a mansion owned by singer Adam Duritz (of Counting Crows) for years. When Adam announces that he's getting married and selling the mansion, the freeloaders must either find new places to live -- which is unlikely -- or raise a pile of cash to buy the mansion themselves. With a vicious harpy of a real estate agent, Carolyn (Jane Seymour), breathing down their necks, time is running out quickly. Things get even more complicated when Dave falls for Carolyn's assistant, Samantha (Brit Morgan). Can these misfits keep from becoming homeless?
Is It Any Good?
Directed by Dan Rosen, FREELOADERS is an example of lazy filmmaking. Attempts to stretch into outrageous comedy feel forced and desperate, while -- conversely -- attempts to add romance and character development feel equally forced and desperate. It feels as if the movie didn't have the courage to choose one direction or the other. It could have either been entirely outrageous or much sweeter, but instead it tries to please a wide range of viewers and ends up pleasing none.
Most of Freeloaders' situations rely on stupidity or discomfort, such as Duritz's new in-laws accidentally walking into a porn shoot; none of it would feel out of place in a terrible TV sitcom. Whatever's left is given over to celebrity appearances, such as Dave Foley (who joins the freeloaders), Denise Richards, Garrett Morris, or Duritz himself. Of course, it's entirely possible to make a smart comedy out of stupid characters, but Freeloaders is not that comedy.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about Freeloaders' sexual content. What's supposed to be funny about the porn movie shoot? Could the movie have worked without that sequence?
What would make these "freeloaders" stay put for so long? What's appealing about their situation? What's bad about it?
Does the movie make a celebrity lifestyle look appealing? What's different or unique about the celebrities shown in the movie? Are they happy?
How does the movie portray drinking and drug use? Are there any realistic consequences?
- In theaters: January 11, 2013
- On DVD or streaming: April 2, 2013
- Cast: Dave Foley, Jane Seymour, Josh Lawson
- Director: Dan Rosen
- Studio: Salient Media
- Genre: Comedy
- Run time: 77 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: crude sexual content, nudity, language and drug use
- Last updated: October 8, 2022
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