Delightfully Raunchy Movie with Heart
Who this movie is NOT for:
Deeply Religious Types: you'll hate the cursing, sex, drinking, drugs, well, EVERYTHING about this movie!
Kids: It's Rated R for a reason! I recommend this for ages 17 and up, but if you have 15-16 year olds and you watch this with them, then it's okay.
People Who Hold Traditional Views of Women (especially where sex is concerned): you'll hate the fact that the women are sex-positive and not ashamed about it. You'll also hate that one of the friends is a divorced single mom and that another friend is married but is no longer going to tolerate the infidelity in her marriage.
People Who Believe That African-Americans Are Supposed To Be Positive and Set Good Examples Every Time They're on the Screen, But Don't Expect It From Other Races: You'll hate this movie because no one is fighting against racism or solving problems for everyone else while neglecting their own needs while being stoic and dignified. It's 122 minutes of laughs and nonsense. That's it.
Who This Movie IS For:
People Who Want to Laugh: From start to finish, this movie is a gut-buster! Four best friends from college reunite at the annual Essence Music Festival in New Orleans and examine their lives: there's successful author Ryan whose picture-perfect marriage to her college sweetheart Stewart isn't what it seems; divorced mom Lisa who wants to get her groove back, but isn't sure how since she's been out of the dating game; celebrity blogger Sasha who is struggling professionally and financially, and scene-stealer Dina who, while we aren't sure what she does for a living, we know that she loves her friends and loves having a good time.
What to Look Out For:
Sex: Lots of it. Dina pantomimes oral sex while talking to Lisa on the plane and then later demonstrates a technique using a grapefruit and a banana. There's full male nudity both front and back. All four friends talk about sex a lot.
Drinking and Drugs: the friends smoke marijuana in one scene, drink alcohol throughout the movie, and in another scene, Dina puts absinthe in everyone's drinks and they hallucinate with hilarious results.
Violence: Dina is shown throwing things at a co-worker and physically attacking him, breaking a bottle of wine in the hotel lobby to fight Stewart, and all four friends get into a bar fight with another set of women.
Consumerism: Coca-Cola, Ciroc, and Essence Magazine put a lot of money into this movie. If you are not familiar with Ciroc and Essence, you will be by the the end, because they are everywhere! Many R&B, Rap/Hip-Hop, and TV personalities make cameo appearances.
Cursing: TONS. The n-word is used along with f**k, s**t, bi**h throughout the movie. The women do curse at each other during a fight in one scene, and call another woman a "ho" for sleeping with a married man.
Positive Messages: The movie is delightfully raunchy, but provides a great example of friendship and loyalty. The most important message is being true to yourself and not compromising your core beliefs for monetary gain.
I really enjoyed this movie and its themes of friendship and fun. I will definitely add it to my collection.