A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Most of the leading characters are responsible, ethical, exhibiting good values and good citizenship. The police officer, in particular, is shown to be compassionate, honest, and reliable. The exception is Max Dugan, himself, who has been a neglectful father, con artist, and lawbreaker. Max arrives to make amends for his past deeds, admitting wrongdoing and attempting to atone for his lifelong bad behavior.
Violence & Scariness
Brief scene in which convenience store is held up at gunpoint, policeman chases robber, and a short scuffle ensues as he is taken into custody. Single mother is frightened when shadowy figure appears in window. She gets out a well-hidden gun as protection. No real danger as figure proves to be harmless.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Two gently affectionate kisses between adults beginning a relationship.
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Some mild, infrequent cursing as a result of frustration and anger: "Goddamit," "dirty bastards," "s--t," "hell."
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Products & Purchases
Lots of products seen and/or mentioned as the plot revolves around a struggling family being given gifts of all kinds: Mercedes, GE, Westinghouse, Yamaha, Gelataio. Among other visible products: Dove, Skippy, Hungry Jack.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A teen boy sneaks a cigarette on two occasions; reference to and quick glimpse of a teen drug transaction on school grounds; principal character smokes cigars throughout. Wine seen at dinner table and adults share shots of brandy.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there is some mild swearing as the heroine reacts with frustration and anger to several vehicles being stolen from her. A short scene shows a convenience store robbery at gunpoint and the subsequent arrest of the suspect, with a brief scuffle. Finally, underneath the warm comic tone of this film, there is a weighty situation.Max Dugan has been given only a short time to live in order to redeem himself after a life as a liar, con artist, and neglectful father. He speaks of his impending death on a number of occasions, accepting his fate (if the audience is to believe him) gracefully and with humor. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
MAX DUGAN RETURNS a delightful, warm-hearted comedy for families to share. Neil Simon's bright dialogue, a true-to-life and endearing mother-son relationship, as well as wonderful performances by all the principles (including Matthew Broderick in his very first role) make for an enjoyable experience. There's nothing new here; It's an old story comically retold. Cinderella turns into a princess and meets Prince Charming, only this time she has a son and a fairy godfather with a case filled with cash, instead of a fairy godmother with a magic wand. It's a funny, clever, and satisfying story.
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