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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Intimate relationships are complex, personal, sometimes fragile. Honesty, while commendable, can have unexpected consequences. Sex between long-term couples is best enhanced by open communication, mutual respect, and empathy.
Positive Role Models
Affluent characters take steps toward more mature decision-making. Self-interest gives way to empathy and compassion for their partners and their friends. Ethnic diversity.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual relationships and sex acts are fundamental to the film. Characters talk frankly (and bluntly) about sex, sometimes graphically, often using coarse references. On-camera sex includes undressing (nudity in one brief shadowy shot), kissing, foreplay, and in one vital sequence, three people having sex together (no intercourse shown). A lesbian relationship is one plot element.
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Unrestricted swearing, sexual comments, vulgarity throughout. Discussions about sexual acts (hetero and same-sex), masturbation, lewd behavior, sexual fantasies. Language includes "f--k," "d--k," "p---y," "s--t," "jerking off," "hard-on," "c--k," "ass play." One male character's sexual references, especially about his wife, are particularly raunchy.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Abundant alcohol consumption (wine, beer) in social settings. Edible marijuana is ingested, resulting in characters getting stoned. Reference to heroin, past cocaine and unspecified drug use.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Holly Slept Over, a dramedy, focuses on a group of adults seen through a lens of their sexual behavior and evolving values. The appearance of one woman's college roommate for an overnight visit sparks events that change the core relationship of the central couple and affect their best friends as well. Sex drives the story. Sexual activity (both heterosexual and same-sex) includes kissing and passionate embracing, undressing, and extended foreplay; the only nudity is a shadowy shot of a woman jumping into a swimming pool. Language throughout is raunchy ("bang her," "d--k," "p---y," "jerking off"), with lots of swearing ("f--k," "s--t," "a--hole"). Characters discuss same-sex liaisons, "threesomes," masturbation, sexual positions, and drug use (cocaine, heroin). Adults drink wine and beer in multiple scenes. They eat "edibles" (marijuana) and get stoned. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This mature comedy-drama wants to be insightful, relatable, and, most of all, contemporary. When it succeeds, it's engaging and funny. First-time feature director Joshua Friedlander, working from his own script, has assembled a wonderful cast. The three lead actors are sincere and seem to carry off complex emotional moments effortlessly. The direction and writing, particularly of scenes that need both grace and comedy, is solid. When the movie stumbles, it's because there's a reliance on stereotypes and over-the-top vulgarity. Holly Slept Over may find a niche audience, whomever Friedlander hopes that will be. It's definitely not for kids.
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