Parents' Guide to

Greener Grass

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Ludicrous satire of life in suburbia has some swearing.

Movie NR 2019 96 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 13+

I'm not rating it 13+ for the kissing scenes, brief sexual conversation, or even the swearing, I'm rating it 13+ because anyone below that wouldn't understand it. In above 13 and I don't even get this. I never will. There's so much symbolism and unpredictability that makes this movie endlessly watchable. I recommend watching this just so you can make your friends watch it and get their reactions. Do not watch the trailer btw cuz it spoils everything
age 13+

Skewering suburbia and the absurdity of the McMansion lifestyle

This film is like nothing I have ever seen. I truly had no idea what was going to happen from moment to moment. DeBoer and Luebbe OWN their roles. From the first scene where Jill gives away her baby to Lisa and the complexity does not stop. Suburbia has never been skewered with so much gusto. The absurdity of the film mirrors the absurdity of the McMansion lifestyle...brilliant.

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Upright Citizens Brigade mainstays DeBoer and Luebbe offer a ridiculous comedy that satirizes the judgmental politeness in suburban America. Greener Grass isn't bad -- it's just so unusual that many will declare it so (think of it like a live-action Bojack Horseman, and it will go down easier). Viewers who are willing to give creativity and originality a chance just might find something real among the absurd.

A tip of the hat to the oh-so-'80s production design: The movie boasts an '80s family sitcom title font, A Nightmare on Elm Street-esque synthesizer score, and home décor and costumes that are saturated in the bright pops of color that scream 1980s. Reminiscent of The Stepford Wives meets The Incredible Shrinking Woman, Greener Grass deliberately suggests a time when many middle-class Americans retreated to the outskirts of cities in master planned communities. The subject matter is neighbor envy (you know, "the grass is always greener on the other side"), but it's also a funhouse mirror reflection of the way that many people have created bubbles where they live among people just like them -- and how easily they can get trapped inside, with no way to escape.

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