A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
As this is a slapstick romp of a movie, there isn't much in the way of positive messages.
Positive Role Models
None of the characters emerges in any way as a positive role model.
Violence & Scariness
A man is punched in the face by his neighbor on two occasions. During a scene in a bar, a fight breaks out; punches and chairs are thrown, and bottles are broken.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
In a dream sequence, a wealthy business executive is shown standing naked behind his desk, with the objects there placed in such a way to cover his private parts. This man's naked buttocks are later shown as he stares at a painting in his house. In a scene in a hotel, it sounds to the front desk clerks as if two characters are discussing prostitution.
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Occasional profanity: "s--t," "s--tbag," "S--tburg, Texas," "s--tfaced," "bastard," "wanker," "fairy."
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Products & Purchases
In a bar scene, characters are shown drinking from Coors cans as Coors signage is everywhere in the background.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters are shown drinking beer in a bar. They also are shown drinking wine at parties and at dinner, but no one acts intoxicated.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Gambit is the 2012 remake of a slapstick comedy from 1966. There's partial male nudity, and there's a fantasy sequence in which a wealthy business executive is shown standing and sitting behind his desk naked, with well-placed objects there covering his private parts. A character loses his pants, and it looks as if he peed in them. There's also the occasional swear word (lots of variations of "s--t"), and, in one scene, front desk clerks in a hotel are led to believe that two characters are openly discussing prostitution; one of the characters seems to be going from room to room and sleeping with guests. A character gets punched in the face on two occasions, and a woman in a hotel room passes gas, not knowing that someone else is in her room. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Despite having a screenplay written by the Coen Brothers, this remake of a 1966 slapstick farce tends to fall flat more often than it succeeds. The moments of slapstick might work better if any of the characters was especially likable and worthy of sympathy, but it all really boils down to which character one dislikes the least. Furthermore, Cameron Diaz's over-the-top Texas accent -- whether intentional or not -- gets very old, very quick.
Although the acting and the writing talent are certainly there, the parts don't quite add up to an entertaining whole. Whether it's a case of it being better to leave the original movie alone or whether there's simply not enough comedic material in the premise -- no matter how many pratfalls are thrown in -- the bottom line is that this movie probably should have been a lot more fun than it actually is.
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