Want more recommendations for your family?
Sign up for our weekly newsletter for entertainment inspiration
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
A reversal of sexual roles shows both the humor and pathos of a male-dominated world. Lessons about male-female inequity, consequences of sexual power, and ridiculousness of longstanding biases are inherent.
Positive Role Models
A send-up of male-female power struggles should lead to thoughtful insights about gender roles. Comedic stereotypes abound. Exaggerated female dominance leads to pathetic male submissiveness. No ethnic or cultural diversity.
Violence & Scariness
An angry man wrecks his girlfriend's apartment. Two women scuffle in a bar. A brief physical altercation between a man and a woman. A man runs into a pole and is injured.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Violence & Scariness in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Sex, Romance & Nudity
A sex farce. Partial nudity, breasts and buttocks in numerous scenes. Sexual activity -- kissing, passionate embracing, intercourse, oral sex. Women are sexually aggressive -- leering, menacing, and dominating male their male associates.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Sex, Romance & Nudity in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Frequent swearing and profanity, i.e., "f--k," "ass," "s--t," "t-ts," "boner," "balls," "bitch," "d--k," "crap."
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Language in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Consumption of alcohol throughout -- some drunkenness. Cigarette smoking. Reference to getting "high" on drugs, "shrooms."
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Drinking, Drugs & Smoking in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that I Am Not an Easy Man is a French film, which can be viewed either with English subtitles or "dubbed" (translated) into English. In this outrageously funny film, the unspoken rules of a male-dominant society go completely topsy-turvy when a man sustains a head hit from a street sign. He comes around in a world where women have all the power and prerogatives formerly held by men. All aspects of life are explored: jobs, fashion, sex, familial roles, attitudes. The central character's incredulity highlights the differences between this fantasy and life as we currently know it. Expect lots of sexual content: partial nudity (breasts, buttocks), oral sex, intercourse, most of it with a humorous or, at least ironic, eye. Language is coarse (i.e., "f--k," "balls," "fatherf--ker," "bone-o-meter," "d--k,), sexist, and often demeaning to men in keeping with the premise. Characters drink in numerous scenes, sometimes heavily; drugs ("shrooms") are mentioned. The movie includes a scuffle between women; a hard slap, and a head-butt between lovers. It's important to note that the original French version has an accompanying narration that doesn't appear in the dubbed version and remains untranslated in the subtitled version. While it may, indeed, be an enhancing device, both versions for English-speaking audiences work just fine without that narration. A very funny, often biting satire for grown-ups only. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
French director Eleonore Pourriat has assembled a talented cast and works with a sharp script to deliver a delicious spoof of social exploration, with hearty laughs and often painful truths. Stereotyping abounds, but it's meant to. Watch carefully lest you miss some of the film's most incisive moments. The attention to the smallest detail -- in a poker game a pair of queens beats two kings -- enhances the countless observations that bring the message home. Special kudos to Pierre Benezit as Christophe, Damien's BFF, for a nuanced, truly wonderful performance. Over the top at times, subtle when it needs to be, I Am Not an Easy Man refuses to indulge sentiment with a typical happy ending. No matter how obvious the lessons, some heroes (or anti-heroes) never do wake up. Highly recommended for mature audiences with just enough of a jaded sense of humor to find this comedy, which doubles as a sexual farce, irresistible.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.