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Joe Somebody

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Talented actors are wasted on bad script.
  • Review Date: May 18, 2003
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2001
  • Running Time: 98 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence

Comic violence.

Sex

Strong for a PG, including gratutious shots of female characters in scanty underwear.

Language

Strong language for a PG.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Macho drinking and cigar smoking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the movie has very strong language for a PG, including many words they would not want their children to use. Joe smokes a cigar as an emblem of machismo. Characters drink and there is a scene in a bar. The entire theme of fighting back is very poorly handled. And some kids will be upset by the neglect of Joe's child.

What's the story?

Joe (Tim Allen) is slapped in the face by a bully (Patrick Warburton) in an altercation at the parking lot at work while his daughter, who has come with him for "Take Your Daughter to Work Day," looks on. She sees his humiliation afterward -- he's so depressed that he sits at home in his bloody shirt for three days, until Meg (Julie Bowen), the office "wellness" coordinator, comes over and asks him what he wants. Joe decides to challenge the bully to a rematch. As soon as word gets out, he is suddenly Mr. Popularity around the office. So, all he has to do is spend three weeks taking fighting lessons from a former star of low-budget action movies, and he'll be all set.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

The dubious message of this feeble comedy is that being popular and being willing and able to beat someone up are what really matter. On the way to the final confrontation there is a lot of comic violence (including two below-the-belt injuries that are supposed to be funny). Despite his commitment to his daughter, Joe seems completely insensitive to the impact of his actions on her. And there is also something very icky about the way that Joe's ex-wife becomes attracted to him again when she sees how newly tough he is, so she puts on a sexy red teddy and tries to sneak into his house to get back together with him. To make it worse, it is their daughter who stops her, in a strange scene that makes it clear that any parenting in that relationship is going to the mother, not from the mother.

Attractive and talented performers are completely wasted in this movie. Despite a couple of nice moments between Meg and Joe, and the use of the truly magnificent Eva Cassidy song "Songbird," it is an almost unalloyed disappointment.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about popularity and why so many people will do anything to attain it.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:December 21, 2001
DVD release date:August 20, 2002
Cast:Hayden Panettiere, Julie Bowen, Tim Allen
Director:John Pasquin
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox
Genre:Comedy
Topics:Sports and martial arts
Run time:98 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:language, thematic elements and some mild violence

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Parent of a 11, 13, 16, and 18+ year old Written bycome to pa pa March 28, 2015

the funniest movie in the world

Joe somebody was comedy funny i mean its this average guy who wants his parking space back but he dose all crazy stuff but at then end a lesson is learned csm just nitpick stuff i thing it pg apropite
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Kid, 12 years old October 31, 2010
goo,but bad for a PG
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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