A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Game Over, Man! is a 2018 comedy in which three slacker friends who work as maids in a hotel must rescue hostages held captive in the hotel by a group of terrorists. Attempts at shocking gross-out humor are frequent and unrelenting -- including scenes in which one of the female antagonists cuts off the penis of the lecherous manager of the hotel (the severed penis is then used as a sight gag in various ways as the movie progresses), a scene in which the lead characters try to clean a room that has used condoms filled to capacity with semen, and another scene in which one of the bad guys forces one hostage to lick the anus of another hostage -- the man forced to do the licking starts to enjoy it, and the man on the receiving end of the licking moans with pleasure. A character fakes suicide by autoerotic asphyxiation. A small dog explodes; dog blood is shown. There's lots of gratuitous violence -- exploding heads, characters shot in the head or stabbed, characters falling out of windows to their death. Characters smoke salvia and act high. The movie also features frequent references to sex and sexual acts, full-frontal male nudity, and constant profanity, with "f--k" and variations heard often.
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What's the story?
In GAME OVER, MAN!, Alexxx (Adam DeVine), Joel (Blake Anderson), and Darren (Anders Holm) are three loser friends who work in a high-rise hotel cleaning up rooms, but have dreams of getting their video game idea financed. When they learn that wealthy Instagram celebrity Bae Awadi (Utkarsh Ambudkar) will be having a party in their hotel, Alexxx decides that they must approach Bae to pitch him their idea in the hopes that he'll fund the project. But things take a drastic turn when terrorists seeking Bae's fortune take the party and the hotel hostage. As some of the guests are getting killed or forced to perform grotesque sex acts, Alexxx, Joel, and Darren try to get in touch with their heroic sides. But in-fighting and their own ineptitude continually prevent them from finding a way to stop the terrorists and rescue the hostages. Nonetheless, with time of the essence and no one else around who can get it done, these three slackers must find a way to overcome their own tendencies to screw up and save the day.
Is it any good?
This movie fails on every level. While one might hope that the goofy concept would manage at least one laugh, sadly, that isn't the case. In fact, if making a terrible comedy was a crime, literally everyone involved in this project should be exiled to Siberia (and that includes Fred Armisen and Daniel Stern) to spend the rest of their lives reflecting on this excruciatingly bad movie they unleashed on the world. The jokes fall flat because they're not jokes. Simply making a reference to sex acts or employing gross-out sight gags devoid of anything else isn't enough. It's not even "stupid humor," it's just pure laziness.
The acting isn't much better. Adam DeVine's attempts at being Jack Black Jr. in his speech and overall demeanor wears thin in about five minutes. The assorted cameos feel desperate. There really is nothing redeeming about Game Over, Man!. It never should have been made.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Game Over, Man!'s crass humor. Did you find it funny? Why or why not? Who is the intended audience?
Can you think of other movies that use gross-out humor to shock audiences? Were they more effective than this one? Why or why not?
Did the frequent sexual and violent images seem necessary for the movie or did they seem gratuitous? Why?