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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Most women in the movie are treated as sex objects, though one of the main characters is a strong woman. Drugs are used openly.
Positive Role Models
There's no one here you want your child to emulate.
Violence & Scariness
All violence is in the video games the characters create.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A lot of talk of "getting laid," a guy fondles and kisses a woman's bare breast, explicit discussion of sexual positions.
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Explicit discussions about sex, "gay" is used as a derogatory word, the "p" word is used to refer to an elderly woman's vagina.
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Products & Purchases
Ten different brands are displayed prominently in the movie.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Constant pot smoking and frequent drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie glorifies drugs and prostitution, as well as immature, antisocial behavior. Characters frequently talk about sex and hookers. In one scene, the main character masturbates to orgasm in front of a Laura Craft doll and is caught by another character's mother. In another, a guy sucks on the breast of a half-naked woman for hours. There is also a big party where everyone, including the grandmother, gets drunk. Some characters are portrayed in an ethnically-insensitive manner. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Just because this movie is a teenager's dream of sex, drugs, and video games doesn't mean teenagers should watch it. The movie wants the viewer to be in on the joke --- it's a hipster's idea of geekiness, where the geek gets the surgically-enhanced hot blonde at the party. The problem is that the joke is lame. Grandma's Boy throws every pop culture cliché at you: self-consciously politically-incorrect portrayals of ethnic characters and women, repeated reference to hookers, gory video games, karaoke, Matrix spoofs, work humor, pot humor, sex humor.
Aside from that, there's really not much plot. More than anything, this is another overly long Saturday Night Live sketch. The movie, much like the main character, drifts aimlessly from party to party, with a tacked-on happy ending and surprisingly sweet romance between Alex and Samantha (Freaks and Geeks' Linda Cardellini). Some of the party behavior seems true-to-life, like the drunken karaoke singing, but that's not enough of a reason to watch this movie -- especially with so many reasons not to. This movie is best viewed by adults.
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