Parents' Guide to

Man Up

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Formulaic romcom has lots of sex talk, drinking.

Movie R 2015 88 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 18+

Dissipation, degeneracy, drunkenness

This is possibly the worst movie I've ever seen. Two middle aged people spend the day together getting drunk and talking about oral sex, light someone on fire then make oral sex jokes about the fire extinguisher, then she ends up weeping drunkenly at her parents' anniversary party, he climbs in her parents' window cheered on by a crowd of drunken teenagers, he puts his hands on her rear and drunkenly tongue kisses her in front of her parents who are visibly turned on, then she drags him into her parents bathroom for sex IN THE MIDDLE OF HER PARENTS' ANNIVERSARY PARTY. While the drunken teenagers outside cheer.
age 16+

Somewhat cute and funny BUT

Basic humor for low expectation movie BUT there are parts that are inappropriately written in the name of humor that at minimum should be talked through as just plain sexist bad writing. The scene someone references here in the comments about the bathroom blackmail of a kiss AND the very end mentions her “sending pictures” to that same creepy guy...? What? A totally unnecessary and weird line to a decent (albeit classically formulaic) ending.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (1 ):

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.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: November 13, 2015
  • On DVD or streaming: February 2, 2016
  • Cast: Simon Pegg , Lake Bell , Olivia Williams
  • Director: Ben Palmer
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: Saban Films
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 88 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: language and sexual references
  • Last updated: December 16, 2023

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