A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Love is out there, even for people who are convinced they'll never meet someone who really appreciates them.
Positive Role Models
Nancy and Jack aren't exactly honest with each other when they first meet, but as they get to know each other, they start to drop their facades and reveal their true selves. They both know they're taking a chance, but they also realize that without risk there can be little reward, and it eventually pays off.
Violence & Scariness
Couples and ex-spouses bicker.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some kissing, and many sexual references, including graphic discussions about sex, sexual positions, giving and receiving oral sex, and more.
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Frequent swearing in most scenes, including "s--t," "f--k," "d--k," "-a--hole," "tw-t," and more.
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Products & Purchases
The main characters have iPhones; brief mention of one character's iTunes account.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A lot of drinking. The main character sometimes drinks alone to ward off loneliness and to steel herself for potentially nerve-wracking activities; when she socializes with a blind date, they spend much of the evening drinking beer and hard liquor (it's surprising that they only seem to get moderately tipsy).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Man Up is a romcom that mostly takes place over the course of one long, alcohol-soaked afternoon and evening in London. The main characters (played by Simon Pegg and Lake Bell), spend the day flirting, drinking, arguing, drinking, and eventually falling for each other -- over drinks. Expect a lot of swearing (including "s--t," "f--k," and more) and some pretty graphic conversations about sex (including discussion about giving and receiving oral sex), though very little actual physical contact beyond kissing. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Many romcoms stretch their stories just past the point of believability, juggling entertainment with possibility, but MAN UP stretches your suspension of disbelief past the breaking point. There are just so many reasons why this film makes no sense; not only will viewers be unable to think it could happen to them, but few would even want that to happen. Pegg and Bell (almost believable as a Brit, despite the in-and-out accent) feel so flat together that it's hard to tell that they're falling for each other -- and even harder to figure out why.
When Nancy and Jack inevitably argue, that also feels contrived, and it's tough to see why he feels compelled to search for her later. The only thing that's consistent here is the drinking -- the two of them are knocking drinks back constantly all through the afternoon and into the night, so perhaps that's what they see in each other: a drinking partner who's fuzzy around the edges. But the audience is likely more clear-eyed -- and less likely to settle.
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