A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Staying true to yourself is the central theme of this modern-day retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac.
Positive Role Models
Roxy is a feminist who doesn't put up with the stupid behavior and duplicity of the two boys who think they're in love with her. The adults have boundary issues used for comedic effect.
Cy has two mothers (one of whom gave birth to him through artificial insemination). They clearly love Cy and each other; the laughs are taken from their boundary issues and not from stereotyping the family.
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Violence & Scariness
In a justifiable move, Roxy punches both Cy and Chris in the face, giving both of them bloody noses. When Chris bullies Cy in the hallway due to a humiliating viral video, Cy fights back by jumping on top of him, resulting in detention.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some graphic talk about sex. Cy tries to take his dream girl to a romantic spot on the beach to ask her to the prom, and she responds by telling him that her prom fantasy is for her date to "go down" on her and give "lady head," and she doesn't think Cy knows how to do that. While this interaction is taking place, someone else is secretly filming the interaction, and gets a close-up of the obvious erection poking through Cy's pants; this video later goes viral, much to Cy's humiliation. Cy's parents, two women, send Cy a link on how to engage in oral sex with a woman as two diagrams of vaginas appear on either side of Cy's head showing lines moving in the alphabet or in zig-zag like stitches. Cy's parents also walk in on him in his bedroom and ask him if he's masturbating or, later, if he's looking at internet porn. When asked on video about what her prom night was like, the principal of the high school talks about how her date "fingered [her] urethra."
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"F--k" used a few times. Also "a--hole," "s--t," "d--k," bulls--t," "pissed," "goddamn," "ass," "dumbass." Middle-finger gesture.
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Products & Purchases
Social media platforms mentioned by name: Snapchat, Facebook, etc.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A girl asks Cy if he's "rolling" on Molly, and then asks if he has any for her.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that It Takes Three is a 2021 teen comedy in which the most popular guy in school enlists the help of the "school nerd" to help him win the heart of a smart and pretty new girl. This is a modern-day retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac, and while it uses this story and these character archetypes as a starting point, this is a smart, thoughtful, and well-written comedy about teens struggling to come of age while trying to figure out who they are. Expect strong sexual content throughout, including a popular girl who tells Cy ("the nerd") that she won't go to the prom with him because she doesn't think he will be good at "going down" on her and giving her "lady head," as this is part of her prom fantasy. Shortly after this, it's revealed that someone was secretly filming this interaction, paying particular attention to Cy's noticeable erection poking through his pants, resulting in a viral video that leaves him humiliated. Cy's mothers have boundary issues, and comedy is gleaned from them barging into his room unannounced while asking if he's looking at porn on the internet or masturbating in his bed; they even go so far as to send him a link to the best ways to pleasure a woman through oral sex. (This latter scene comes complete with two diagrams of vaginas shown on either side of Cy's head, with patterns drawn on the vagina like the alphabet.) The principal of the high school, while on video, tells the student filming that her prom night consisted of a date with the captain of the water polo team who "fingered my urethra." A girl asks Cy if he's "rolling" on Molly, and then asks if he has any for her. Profanity is used often, including "f--k." In spite of the familiar storyline and edgy content, this movie is much smarter than the average teen comedy. 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 is a witty and thoughtful modern-day retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac. It Takes Three is an all-too-familiar story with all-too-familiar teen character types, but clever writing and inspired acting keep it entertaining throughout. Each character, starting out in these familiar basics like "awkward nerd," "popular jock," "smart, artsy, cool new girl," etc., manages to transcend these types, bringing individuality and depth through the writing and acting, going far to make them likable and relatable even as they make mistakes and especially when their plans fall apart. It's an enjoyable mix of '80s John Hughes movie teen angst with all the modern technologies kids today love, with their smartphones and social media platforms.
It doesn't always work. For instance, one suspects that the writers like the prose of Jack Kerouac and the music of Galaxie 500 as much as Cy and Roxy do, if not more so. Roxy's sophisticated tastes in visual artists, avant-garde EDM, and third-wave feminism come across as a little too (forgive the Cyrano pun) on the nose. The sex jokes and content can be a bit gratuitous at times. However, what ultimately emerges is a clever satire of teen life in the 21st century, of age-old concerns like self-image and popularity, only filtered and heightened through the noise of social media, internet celebrity, the 24-7 availability via texting. It's a movie that deftly avoids the many clichés of teen movies and puts a spin on a familiar story that can be enjoyed by older teens and adults alike.
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