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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Despite committing serious federal offenses (theft and kidnapping), the main character faces no repercussions for her actions. A man's homosexuality is handled maturely. The main character experiences self-affirming personal growth when she finally expresses her true feelings to her domineering parents.
Violence & Scariness
A woman kidnaps a man at gunpoint, ties and blindfolds him, and takes him against his will to her parents' house -- but there's an obviously humorous tone to the process, and the gun is only fired once, accidentally (the shot shreds the car's interior). A few other scenes also show guns being aimed, but again the situational comedy is obvious.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One scene shows a man and woman in skimpy costumes, presumably engaged in foreplay. Multiple references to sex and sexual attraction. A man confesses that he lied to his girlfriend so she'd sleep with him.
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Occasional use of words like "bitch," "ass," "damn," and "hell."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink beer and wine in several scenes. An elderly woman is cast as a heavy drinker; in one scene, she recklessly backs her car into a tree. One brief scene shows a woman smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the main character kidnaps a man at gunpoint and takes him hostage in her car, but the seriousness of the situation (and the absence of realistic repercussions) is offset by the obviously comic tone. A few other scenes involve guns being drawn and aimed, but also in a comedic context. Other iffy stuff includes intermittent strong language (multiple uses of "bitch," as well as "damn" and "ass"), scenes with social drinking (in one, a seemingly drunk elderly woman recklessly backs her car into a tree), a handful of references to sexual activity. But none of this is likely to be new (or particularly shocking) to older tweens and teens. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Holiday in Handcuffs is an enjoyable -- if predictable -- romantic comedy. Hart and Lopez are the quintessential odd couple, proving that, at least in the magical world of Hollywood, opposites do attract. They're both professionals, and they do good work here, supported by a strong cast that includes Markie Post and Timothy Bottoms.
And despite a plot that centers on an armed kidnapping and forced captivity, the movie's obvious humor more than overrides any iffy content. Older tweens and teens will easily put Trudie's desperate actions into context -- as well as her good fortune at not facing consequences for the crime. Likewise, the occasional strong language, sexual references, and drinking probably won't be anything they haven't seen before.
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