A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Friends get you through both the good times and the hard times.
Positive Role Models
While no characters show exemplary behavior (they're all flawed in some way, many reinforce stereotypes), the friends are racially, sexuality, spirituality, and gender diverse. Strong representations across the supporting cast.
Violence & Scariness
Brief jokes about rape.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Couple engages in BDSM; woman wears dominatrix lingerie, handles a whip. A man is seen almost completely naked except for a sock on his genitals. A sex scene includes moaning, with naked/entangled bodies, but no explicit nudity. A man's full backside is exposed. Crude sex jokes, some of them graphic. Joke about a sex toy. Kissing.
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Extremely strong/frequent language includes "ass," "a--holes," "balls," "bitch," "c--k," "c--t," "d--k," "goddamn," "jerk off," "p---y," "s--t," "t-ts," "turd," and countless uses of "f--k."
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Products & Purchases
Brands featured or mentioned by name include Home Depot, Samsung, and Lyft.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Heavy drinking, including wine, whiskey, and shots, sometimes to excess. A couple of characters take mushrooms and have a drug trip; it's played for laughs.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Friendsgiving is a bawdy ensemble comedy about female friendship and family that takes place on Thanksgiving Day. The characters are diverse in terms of sexuality, race, relationship status, and body size -- but they're also portrayed with a lot of stereotypes. Expect lots of raunchy humor from the opening scene, in which a character wearing dominatrix lingerie whips and talks dirty to her nearly naked new boyfriend. And when these women kiss and tell, they're bluntly graphic in detail and gestures. Drinking begins first thing Thanksgiving morning and continues well into the night, with some characters getting really drunk. A couple of them also trip on mushrooms; they make poor choices, but it's made to look fun nonetheless. Strong language is extreme and includes "c--t," "f--k," and lots more. Malin Akerman, Kat Dennings, and Aisha Tyler star. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
There are surprisingly few movies about Thanksgiving, and one about friends celebrating together seems like it should be promising, but think twice before queuing up this crass, chaotic comedy. It boasts a cast full of comedic talent, is loosely based on a true story, and was executive-produced by comedy giant Ben Stiller, but it doesn't feel good to laugh at the misery of women in their 30s trying to navigate life.
It's hard to feel a sympathetic connection to any of these characters. Of the three "real" women, only one has the capability to be relatable: Abby, who only recently realized she was gay and is grappling with her loneliness. She has no children or significant other and lives far away from her family. So she envisioned a perfect holiday with her lifelong best friend, Molly, who just happens to be a movie star. Third wheel Lauren, meanwhile, seems to have the perfect life -- and despite getting schnockered by drinking too much, she really has no other dimension. The other characters are unbelievable over-the-top sketch comedy creations who don't offer insights or depth; they just get in the way of the core duo/trio and create noise. And the way the friends dish about their sexual experiences in crude terms and gestures might be funny in real life, but it could also be offensive to many viewers. In other words, in a multigenerational setting, your family will probably be grateful if you skip this film.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.