Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town

Movie review by
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Swearing, smoking, drinking in slight but appealing comedy.
  • NR
  • 2018
  • 87 minutes

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Positive Messages

In its small way, the movie is about taking responsibility for your own life; this includes not relying on a romantic partner (or the fantasy of a romantic partner).

Positive Role Models & Representations

Izzy is painted as being quite flawed; she smokes and swears a lot, can't hold a job or an apartment, and can't seem to follow her dream of being a musician. Yet over the course of the day, certain events give viewers hope that she may eventually find a way to grow up and get moving.


Arguing, shouting. Character stabbed (offscreen) with a mysterious hypodermic needle.


Suggested sex / sexual situations. Main character shown in bra and panties. Woman cheating on her husband, in bed with another man. Sexual innuendo. Kissing.


Constant use of extremely strong language (including the title): "f--k," "s--t," "c--t," "a--hole," "bitch," "d--k," etc., plus middle-finger gestures.


Facebook and Instagram are part of the plot. Spotify is mentioned.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Character wakes up with a meant-to-be-comical hangover, unable to remember events of the night before; drinks more to ease hangover. Other characters shown drinking and/or hung over. Regular cigarette smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town is an indie comedy starring Mackenzie Davis as a woman who tries to break up her ex-boyfriend's engagement party. It features extremely strong language throughout, including "f--k," "c--t," and much more. The main character smokes cigarettes regularly and is a hard drinker, waking up with a portrayed-as-comical hangover and then drinking more throughout the day. Other characters also appear hung over and/or drinking. There are suggested sexual situations (including a suggestion of cheating) and innuendo, as well as some kissing. The main character is shown in her bra and panties. Characters sometimes shout at one another, and the main character is stabbed, offscreen, with a hypodermic needle. There's very little at stake here, but it's a likably quirky, warm movie that could appeal to older teens.

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Adult Written byIl0vec00kies February 2, 2020

Genuine, pure and balanced

It is great to see the film, where a woman is taking over the narrative, not for a woke-check and not for an oscar-bate, but simply because that is how the stor... Continue reading
Parent of a 6, 7, 17, 18+, and 18+-year-old Written byHahahahbigfart September 26, 2018

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What's the story?

In IZZY GETS THE F*CK ACROSS TOWN, flaky, stuck-in-a-rut Izzy (Mackenzie Davis) wakes up in the bed of a man (Lakeith Stanfield) she barely remembers. They compare notes, and she gathers her clothes (a wine-stained, black-and-white catering uniform) and checks her messages. She's shocked to discover that her ex, Roger (Alex Russell), is having an engagement party (to which she has not been invited), and she immediately decides to crash it. Her car has been with her mechanic friend (Brandon T. Jackson) for weeks and still isn't ready, so she tries other methods to get across town. Izzy begs friends and acquaintances for help, steals a scooter, and gets sidetracked by colorful characters who are even quirkier than she is. Will she reach the party? And if she does, what does her future hold?

Is it any good?

There's very little at stake in this spunky little indie comedy, and that's part of its charm. Davis is endearing, and the SoCal locations and characters are warmly, lazily quirky. Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town is a mini-quest, a hangover-induced micro-odyssey that encompasses little more than wandering around and having a weird day. But Christian Papierniak, making his feature-writing and directing debut, keeps the stakes just high enough to keep Izzy in a state of perpetual "I can't believe this." She's a flake, and most of her misfortune is her own fault, but she seems to realize that; her truthfulness is appealing.

Papierniak's choice of supporting actors and their own unusual situations is inspired, including Stanfield as a seductive helicopter pilot, Haley Joel Osment as a softie who's fallen in love with his one-night stand, Alia Shawkat as that one-night stand, and Annie Potts as a kind of neighborhood soothsayer. Though the story is romantically motivated, Papierniak avoids fairy-tale fluff and digs right into the heart of the matter. The movie truly comes alive when Izzy encounters her sister (Carrie Coon) and the two play a song together; the crossing close-ups of the women and the fury of the song come enticingly close to revealing Izzy's whole heart.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town depicts drinking and smoking. Are they glamorized? Are there consequences? Why does that matter?

  • How is sex portrayed? Do partners seem to trust one another? Is there fidelity or cheating? What values are imparted?

  • Is Izzy a strong character? What are her flaws? How does she change or grow over the course of the story?

  • What do you think is keeping Izzy from pursuing her dream as a musician? Have you ever had a dream that you didn't pursue for certain reasons?

  • How did the strong language in this movie affect you? Was it funny? Too much?

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