A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Friended to Death questions what it means to be a friend in today's society. Michael learns that real connections are more meaningful than the "friends" you make online. Teens can also see how important it is to stay safe while using social media by knowing who you've added to your network, protecting your passwords, understanding how social media posts can affect you professionally, and not believing everything on the Internet.
Positive Role Models
Although his mother still treats him like a child, Emile is the most practical character when it comes to balancing real life with social media. As one of Michael's only friends, he constantly poses questions and situations that should make Michael think twice about his social media activity. He eventually gains his independence and, when he starts his own business, he understands that social media -- when used responsibly -- has its benefits.
Violence & Scariness
A fist fight in the bathroom among the parking meter officers. A couple of punches are thrown between Kev and Emile. A woman is also tied up in the closet with her mouth taped shut to prevent her from spilling Michael's secret.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Michael occasionally makes crude sexual references -- like someone's post on his Facebook "ejaculating exclamation points" as well as comments about "banging chicks."
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The characters insult each other throughout the movie and use lots of strong language, including "f--k," "f----r," "s--t," "bitch," "hell," "crap," "bastard," "douche," "douche bag," "asswipe," "stupid," "punk," "loser," "dips--t," "schmuck," "d--kbag," etc. Michael also likes to "speak in text" and uses phrases like "s my d," "bs," "wtf," "gtfo," and "lmfao."
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Products & Purchases
Apple products -- iPhone, Apple TV, iPod, laptops -- are used throughout the movie. Facebook plays a huge role, of course, and there are mentions of Twitter, Four Square, and other social media sites.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Joel drinks heavily to cope with Michael's "death," and there are a couple references to drug overdoses.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Friended to Death is a dark comedy about a man obsessed with social media who fakes his death online to see how many of his "friends" show up to his funeral. Although the movie offers important lessons regarding Internet safety, the frequent strong language -- including variations of words like "f--k," "s--t," "bitch," and "douche bag" -- and some crude sexual jokes make the movie a better fit for older teens and up. One character drinks heavily to deal with the loss of his "friend," and there are a couple of references to drug overdoses. The violence is minor (a couple of dramatic punches between characters and a fist fight in the bathroom) and seems cartoonish, though one of the female characters in the movie is tied up in a closet with her mouth taped to prevent her from telling the truth. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
In her engaging bro-mantic comedy FRIENDED TO DEATH, director Sarah Smick shows just how easy it is to fall prey to the delusions of "friendships" created via social media. The plot, while rather simple, makes it very clear that Michael is a narcissistic jerk who gets a major reality check that forces him to reevaluate his relationships with others. Teens will understand Michael's "speak in text" acronyms and laugh at the characters' many "bro" nicknames, but the movie's strong language does undercut its ability to showcase messages about friendship and Internet safety in a way that would be age appropriate for tweens and younger teens. Instead of comforting his "bro," But, language issues aside, Smick offers an important reminder to create meaningful friendships instead of isolating yourself in a social media bubble.
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