A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Sometimes people give each other the wrong impressions about themselves. Don't ever say "I love you" unless you're sincere. It's best to be honest and to be yourself.
Positive Role Models
A man who can't get anywhere with the women learns from his three best women friends that he's too nice, too talkative, too honest, and too jokey to ever be taken seriously as a romantic prospect. He makes himself over to win the woman he loves, but has second thoughts about changing himself. Thibault's kindness is constantly on display as he treats his pediatric patients and his elderly ones with equal compassion and respect.
A gay man comes on to a straight man, who says no thank you. The movie suggests that some stereotypes should be questioned. One of the main characters is a confident lesbian (a banker), who is best friends with two straight women and a straight man. A lead female character heading to medical school is Black. A handsome straight man is a pediatric nurse.
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Violence & Scariness
A man is hit by a van, but sustains only minor injuries. A woman punches and kicks a man when he breaks up with her. A woman is bitten by a venomous fish and is rescued by a nurse.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A couple has sex behind a foggy window. Hands and the outline of a woman's bottom are seen as moans are heard. A man and woman have oral sex in a photo booth. A male-female couple is seen having sex on television, no nudity, but moaning. A man hasn't had sex in two years and his close female friends mock him. Friends accuse him of "jerking off" to The Little Mermaid when he was in seventh grade. Three women friends go skinny dipping and are seen from behind. A male friend swims naked after the women leave. Having lost his clothes, a naked man rescues an injured woman. A drunk man shows off his erection to a lesbian he likes, but his genitals are off screen. A woman gives Thibault lessons on how to use his thumbs to pleasure women. Vaginal dryness is mentioned. A lesbian says a hetero male wants her to "shift to penises." A woman tosses her bathing suit top on her partner. He takes off his bathing suit and joins her, seen from behind, in the sea. Someone mentions "doggy-style" sex.
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"F--k," "s--t," "ass," "bastard," "hell," "jerk off," "penis," "vaginal dryness," and "boob."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink alcohol and use unspecified drugs at a party. A man gets extremely drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Friendzone is a 2021 French romantic comedy (with English subtitles) about a hapless man whose close female friends have diagnosed him as too nice and too candid to ever remove himself from the "friendzone." The women he likes will never think of him romantically until he agrees to the makeover that will teach him be the strong, silent type. No body parts are seen, but instructions on how a man can use his thumbs to please a woman are suggestive. A man with a girlfriend drops his pants to show off his genitals (off camera) to another woman. Friends accuse a man of "jerking off" to The Little Mermaid when he was in seventh grade. Three women friends go skinny dipping and are seen from behind. A male friend swims naked after the women leave. Having lost his clothes, the naked man rescues an injured woman. A lesbian says a heterosexual male wants her to "shift to penises." A man and woman have oral sex in a photo booth. A couple has passionate sex in a hospital against a clouded window. Moans are heard. Someone mentions "doggy-style" sex. Drugs and alcohol are used, and a man gets very drunk. Language includes "f--k," "s--t," "ass," "bastard," "hell," "jerk off," "penis," "vaginal dryness," and "boob." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Friendzone is a cheerful and good-natured romantic comedy about tweaking our personalities to be our best selves, but also staying true to ourselves. Thibault is a great guy to start with, but his female friends persuade him that he lacks the mystery that would make him more successful with women. The fact that, in the end, he regrets manipulating Rose and admits his error to her makes this a nice example of how honesty can be the best policy and also be rewarded. Makeover stories are often appealing, and Friendzone adds to that concept memorable characters and amusing insights into male-female relationships.
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