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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Celebrates idea of practical jokes, which involves fooling and making fun of innocent people; it's full of poor behavior without consequences. The ultimate story arc involves a kind of revenge.
Positive Role Models
The stars are adults who still behave like juveniles, going so far as to leave their families behind for the movie's road trip. There are no real consequences for their actions, and their iffy behavior is celebrated and encouraged.
Violence & Scariness
Punching, general chaos at concert. Practical joke about fake eulogies for dead people. Joke about killing. Character zapped with Taser.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Naked male bottom. Scene in a strip club includes scantily clad dancers performing. References to losing virginity. Reference to soft-core porn.
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Language includes a use of "f--k," plus "s--t," "bitch," "goddamn," "ass," "balls," "d--k," "hell," "jacking around." The word "p---y" is spoken twice, and bleeped out.
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Products & Purchases
Red Lobster restaurant featured. Pepsi sign visible.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cocktails and champagne shown during party scenes, other social drinking. References to marijuana and smoking weed.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Impractical Jokers: The Movie is a big-screen version of the popular reality TV show about four friends who challenge each other to perform pranks. The movie is mildly likable, and fans of the show will likely want to see it, but it won't be very funny to anyone who doesn't already enjoy practical jokes. Expect strong language, including a use of "f--k," several uses of "s--t," and many other words. A man's naked bottom is shown, there's a scene in a strip club that includes scantily clad dancers, and there's some sex-related language. Characters punch each other, there's general chaos and panic at a concert, a character is Tased, and there are jokes about killing and death. Characters hold cocktails and glasses of champagne during parties, drink socially, and make references to pot. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
For their first big-screen foray, the jokers avoid extreme vulgar humor and manage to remain an oddly likable bunch, but the movie just isn't very funny for anyone who's not fond of practical jokes. Taking a cue from the much funnier Jackass movie Bad Grandpa by deciding to structure reality-based pranks around a fictional road trip, Impractical Jokers: The Movie moves along at a good clip. Even though the stars are silly, juvenile men-children, their genuine friendship and their individual personalities tend to come through. It's difficult not to like them, even if you're not already a fan of their TV series.
The movie also works pretty well when the guest stars play along. Abdul is delightfully funny as a powerful diva -- hilariously, her song "Forever Your Girl" is used in different formats as a recurring musical theme throughout. Other surprise guests include Will Ferrell, whose Funny or Die company helped produce the movie. But whenever Impractical Jokers: The Movie stops for a "challenge" -- such as delivering the worst eulogy or trying to get a motorist to stop and help a stalled car -- everything sputters. Things only get really interesting when one of the men is given a challenge that he feels crosses a line. At least some things are sacred.
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