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It's a Disaster

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Dark end-of-the-world comedy is witty but mature.

Movie R 2013 88 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 1 parent review

age 16+

Comedy? Not my taste...

It's a Disaster was an okay watch, but could've definitely done better. The comedy was not funny and I found it rather boring with couples constantly arguing throughout. The only normal character I found likable was Glen (David Cross) and possibly Tracy (Julia Stiles) wasn't too bad either. So two stars for the acting which was excellent. I don't think I'd ever watch this one again. In short, it's about Tracy who's a doctor who takes her boyfriend Glen with her to a Sunday brunch with her friends at a home who are all coupled but each have their own problems. As some time goes by, they finally realize the phones, TV and internet are out and mistake it as forgetting to pay the bills. When a neighbor in a jumpsuit and mask comes over, he explains that a biological weapon has been released which has knocked out the town's power. Disaster hits for the friends when they feel that it just may be the end of the world. Language is strong with several f-words, @sshole, sh*t and more. Violence includes arguing and bickering between friends and couples, a woman threatens to leave her husband, two dead people are shown outside with birds pecking at them at one point, in another scene we see the birds dead too (non-gory). Sexual content includes a joke about two female friends being lesbians with other sexual remarks said, references about cheating and how some of the characters have cheated in their relationship, a couple are seen in bed before and after sex, a couple offer another man to join them in bed but he declines, references to adultery. There is lots of drinking, cocaine talk, marijuana talk, a woman makes and takes ecstasy. This film is a bad influence for kids and younger teens! Mature 17+ viewers only.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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Writer-director Todd Berger managed to create a sharply crafted character study under the microscope of a familiar social situation that quickly spirals completely out of control. Cross, for once, plays the straight man -- the outsider trying to come to grips with the emotional baggage and off-putting dynamics of this clique of brunch-eating best friends. Stiles, who's usually a supporting character, shines as the single but "together" friend who can't stand how her friends assume that she ends relationships for no good reason.

Every couple gets a turn in the spotlight, and it becomes more and more obvious that the unknown disaster taking place is radically changing everyone in the house. When the fifth couple, always late to brunch, shows up at the door, Tracy refuses to let them in, because they've already barricaded the doors, and really, they should have been more considerate about punctuality over the years. Buck and Lexi, musicians who apparently have an open marriage, take the time to make love and strum their guitar and glockenspiel. And Ferrera gives a physical comedy performance as Hedy, who uses her chemistry skills to mix up a batch of homemade Ecstasy, because if there was ever a time to get high, it's when the end of the world is nigh. For a one-set dark comedy, It's a Disaster is a surprisingly entertaining, play-like ensemble film.

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