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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this is a review of the rated R version that was in theaters, not the unrated version available on DVD. Although this raunchy buddy comedy may appeal to younger teens and perhaps some mature tweens used to ribald humor, there's no question that this movie is a hard R when it comes to language and sex. Virtually every other word is a profanity ("f--k" and then some), and the majority of jokes are sexual, scatological, or derogatory. There's also underage drinking, as well as adults who drink and smoke (a pipe and a joint). Consumerism boils down to a movie-long focus on Playboy (the magazine, Hugh Hefner, the bunnies and parties, and the monthly centerfolds), and violence, while played for laughs, includes both pratfall-type injuries and beatings.
What's the story?
High-school sweethearts Eugene (Zach Cregger) and Cindi (Raquel Alessi) are chaste advocates of abstinence, even after two and a half years of dating -- until, after the prom, they chuck their plan and decide to have sex. But Eugene gets plastered in preparation and winds up falling head-first down a flight of stairs instead. After four years in a coma, Eugene's awoken by his libidinous best friend Tucker (Trevor Moore) and informed that his former sweetie is now a Playboy bunny. The two plan a cross-country road trip to Hollywood, where they hope to crash the Playboy Mansion's annual anniversary party and find Cindi. Along the way, they must survive encounters with vengeful firefighters, Tucker's angry girlfriend, and an old friend who's now a pimped out hip-hop artist.
Is it any good?
Skip this one. There's a time-honored place -- especially among adolescents -- for R-rated comedies; some, like the recent offerings of Judd Apatow and his proteges, are worth seeing more than once. MISS MARCH, which was written and directed by its stars Cregger and Moore, isn't even worth seeing a first time. From its disgusting shots of feces spreading under Eugene's hospital gown to its base, juvenile depictions of relationships, lesbianism, epileptics, and firefighters, it's just gross.
Hefner, who appears as himself in a lengthy cameo, is the most robust character in the entire raunchfest, which seems more like a lustful 13-year-old boy's daydream than a script greenlit by grown Hollywood executives. Apparently the lesson is that "there's a bunny in every woman" no matter how unlikely they are to become Playboy centerfolds. But that throwaway line is lost amid 90 minutes of crappy (literally) and misogynistic jokes. At least the bunnies come across as the salt of the earth: Playmate of the Year 2007 Sara Jean Underwood cares about puppies!
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how the movie handles sexuality. Although it touches on the merits of abstinence and the possible pitfalls of promiscuity, what is the movie's ultimate take-away message about sex?
Also, is the explicit scatological and sexual humor funny or offensive? Why are some people offended by what others find funny?
And do you think hip-hop music is as overtly sexual and misogynistic as the songs/singer featured in the movie?
- In theaters: March 13, 2009
- On DVD or streaming: July 28, 2009
- Cast: Raquel Alessi, Trevor Moore, Zach Cregger
- Directors: Trevor Moore, Zach Cregger
- Studio: Fox Atomic
- Genre: Comedy
- Run time: 90 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: strong crude and sexual content, nudity, pervasive language and some drug use
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