By Jeffrey Anderson,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
No real spark (but lots of drugs) in stoner/showbiz comedy.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Movie is mainly about having to choose between a loved one and a dream job; it's assumed that you can't have both. Nothing but irresponsibility gets in the way of achieving either.
Positive Role Models
Characters are likable enough, but they're pretty irresponsible and seemingly unable to navigate some of the simplest (or silliest) of problems. One female character is presented comically as a "stalker."
Of the five best friends, two are Black. Several women characters have agency (although they're also portrayed as being admired for their looks). A supporting character is a lesbian. Latino actor Danny Trejo appears in a cameo.
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Violence & Scariness
In a hallucination, a character is bitten by a snake; lots of blood gushes from the wound. A person is punched in the face and knocked out; there's a cut on his forehead. Another character stitches up the cut. Head-on car crash, with characters knocked unconscious. A character sprays pepper spray at the camera. Partygoers pretend to enact some kind of ritual involving a knife and a woman tied to a table.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Shirtless male, naked male bottom. Woman in revealing top; cleavage, sides of breasts visible. Another woman in tight sweater, with nipples visible. Woman seated with legs spread, skirt pulled open (nothing explicit visible). Woman in tight skirt bends over in front of group of men. Graphic sex-related dialogue. Brief kissing.
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Constant extremely strong language, with uses of "f--k," "s--t," "motherf----r," "p---y," "t-ts," "d--k," "c--t," "ass," "bitch," "idiot," "Jesus Christ," "damn," "ho," "hand job," "balls," "pee," "blunt," "shut up," "vagina." Middle-finger gesture.
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Products & Purchases
A Batman movie is discussed in several scenes. Netflix is mentioned.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Frequent pot smoking. Demonstrating different styles of smoking, giant joints, etc. Characters snort lines of ketamine. A character takes too much and goes into a "K-hole." DMT is mentioned.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Good Mourning is a stoner/showbiz comedy co-written and co-directed by recording artists Machine Gun Kelly and Mod Sun. It's about a day in the life of a star actor (played by Kelly) who's trying to win back his girlfriend and land the lead role in a new Batman movie -- and is being told he can't have both. Characters smoke a lot of pot and also snort ketamine. Language is extremely strong, with graphic sex talk and references and frequent use of "f--k," "s--t," "d--k," and much more. Women are shown in skimpy or revealing clothing, with nipples or breasts partly visible, and a man is seen shirtless and with a naked butt. In a hallucination, a man is bitten by a snake, with lots of gushing blood. A character is punched in the face and knocked unconscious; a cut on his head is stitched up. There's a head-on car crash.
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What's the Story?
In GOOD MOURNING, actor London Clash (Colson Baker, aka Machine Gun Kelly) has just wrapped his hit TV series Good Bad People and is hoping to land the lead role in the next Batman movie. Unfortunately, he wakes up to a text from his girlfriend, Apple (Becky G), which reads "I wish I didn't have to do this thru text," followed by "Good Mourning," with a "u." A confused London reads it as a possible breakup and fears the worst. With an important 5 p.m. Batman meeting looming, he decides to go to Apple's house, where one of his best friends, Leo (Gata), accidentally breaks several vases containing the ashes of Apple's family. Another of his entourage, Angel (Zach Villa), decides that the three of them -- plus Dylan (Mod Sun) and Fat Joe (Boo Johnson) -- need to smoke a whole bunch of pot to replace the lost ashes. As the day drags on, London decides that it's more important to win Apple back than to land the role, but is he making a mistake?
Is It Any Good?
It passes by easily enough, but without help from outside substances, this showbiz/stoner comedy doesn't really offer anything we haven't seen before and never achieves more than a mild chuckle. Written and directed by recording artists Machine Gun Kelly (going by his real name, Colson Baker) and Mod Sun, Good Mourning gives viewers a somewhat hapless, somewhat insecure hero in London Clash. Those characteristics (and his misfit group of friends) at least make him somewhat relatable. It's much harder to believe that this tall, wiry string bean would ever be considered to play Batman -- the movie doesn't seem very savvy about the inner workings of showbiz -- but maybe that's part of the joke.
The movie features several funny women, including Megan Fox (Baker's real-life partner) as someone who has little patience for the boys but can nonetheless get them out of any jam. Dove Cameron plays London's new, no-nonsense personal assistant, and Whitney Cummings is his foul-mouthed, high-powered agent. (Less funny is Jenna Boyd as London's stalker.) Everyone seems relaxed and game, but somehow Good Mourning never achieves a spark. There's no energy. The screenplay snaps together well enough, but it also feels like the product of a screenwriting class, a first effort. Outtakes during the end credits reveal that improv was encouraged (with Pete Davidson contributing the lion's share), but even those bits feel limp. A final gag involving the awful last episode of Good Bad People pretty much sums this up.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how Good Mourning depicts drug use. Is it glamorized? Are there consequences? Why is that important?
How are sex and sexual identity depicted? Are the topics referred to in a mature way a joking way? What's the difference?
Why does London Clash have to choose between love and his career?
Did you notice positive representation in the movie? Are non-White characters three-dimensional, with agency? Did you notice any stereotypes?
- In theaters: May 20, 2022
- On DVD or streaming: May 20, 2022
- Cast: Colson Baker, Megan Fox, Pete Davidson
- Directors: Machine Gun Kelly, Mod Sun
- Inclusion Information: Bisexual actors
- Studio: Open Road Films
- Genre: Comedy
- Run time: 93 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: drug use throughout, pervasive language and crude sexual references
- Last updated: June 2, 2023
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