Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector

  • Review Date: September 5, 2006
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

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Dumb comedy should be cited for bad taste.
  • Review Date: September 5, 2006
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Larry is well meaning, but the film glorifies a kind of sexist and offensive mindset.

Violence

Other than the violent illnesses people get, there's nothing to worry about.

Sex

Larry talks about women's body parts and objectifies women.

Language

Larry uses a lot of profanity, including "ass" and "s--t."

Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Larry makes fun of people in wheelchairs, women, and gays and lesbians. Cockroaches and flies are shown in food. There's lots of toilet humor and sexual objectification of women.

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What's the story?

In LARRY THE CABLE GUY: HEALTH INSPECTOR, Larry the Cable Guy enjoys his job going from greasy spoon to Indian restaurant to the office. When a smarmy diner owner sues for a broken coccyx (\"hehe, he said 'cock'!\" Larry sniggers), he's demoted and given a straight-laced partner. When people at fancy restaurants start getting sick, Larry and his new partner, Amy Butlin (Iris Bahr), are on the case. But can they get to the bottom of the mysterious illness before the $250,000 Top Chef cook-off? And can Larry finally score with the sweet waitress who is inexplicably attracted to him?

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Larry is a kind of everyman for a man of a certain age who feels worried about offending his coworkers and girlfriend simply by being himself. Larry tries to help wheelchair-bound Jack Dabbs (played by Arrested Development's brilliant Tony Hale) reach his beer or open the door for him and only receives offended stares. He eschews his partner's Prius for his ratty and junk-filled monster truck covered in Hooters bumper stickers. He mistakes his partner, a plain, serious woman, for a man and repeatedly says he's OK with him being gay. He seems to mean well, at least.

In this gross-out comedy, Larry bounces from fat joke to fart joke to gay joke to disabled joke to sexist joke and back again. And since he's a health inspector, there's also plenty of room for gags involving the runs, vomit, and cockroaches. You've been warned. There will be a certain demographic impervious to the gross stereotypes Larry promotes that will cheer for him as the underdog and laugh at all the ways he's inappropriate. And the rest of us will laugh nervously or not at all.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of comedies like this that mock people who are different than you. Why is it funny just to point out differences? When is it not funny? How do you feel when people point out ways in which you're different?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:January 1, 2006
DVD release date:August 8, 2006
Cast:Larry the Cable Guy, Michael Papajohn, Tony Hale
Director:Trent Cooper
Studio:Paramount Pictures
Genre:Comedy
Run time:90 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:crude and sexual content, and for language

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Teen, 14 years old Written byILUVMEAT April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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ok, but very rude with fart jokes in every corner

first off, my dad did not like this at all, and now I cant get any more larry the cable guy movies :-(. There is alot of language (nothing a 12 year old has never heard. Moderate sex, not any real violence. Larry is just doing his job as a health inspector, by critisizing any health violation. He is paired with a lady professionist who at first does not like him. There is not any real commercialism, unless it persuades you to watch his other movies. I liked it overall, but my dad did not and now I cant watch LTCG movies anymore. good for 14+
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
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WHATEVER COMMON SENSE

IF YOU WANT A GOOD FRIDAY NIGHT MOVIE RENT THIS MOVIE IT MADE ME LAUGH!
Teen, 15 years old Written byCSM Screen Name... April 9, 2008
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Really Funny!!

This movie is a really funny movie. Its worth 4 stars not the 1 that CSM gave it. Lots of profanity and sex references may be not good for anyone under my age at 14.

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