Most Likely to Murder

Movie review by
Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
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Raunchy comedy about dim man-child; cursing, nudity, drugs.
  • R
  • 2018
  • 90 minutes

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Positive Messages

Everyone has to grow up eventually.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Central character is man-child who is self-involved and dishonest. He may (or may not) learn a lesson over the course of the story. Females are often the target of misogyny and sexual jokes. Some ethnic diversity.


Cartoonish action and suspense. A fight: punches are thrown, glass breaks. A chase. Head bump. Some sinister music leading to false jeopardy.


Raunchy sexual humor: a bare butt, bare breasts, an image of what appears to be a very large penis, a brief scene of masturbation to a porn magazine, kissing.


Pervasive profanity includes nonstop "f--k," along with "s--t," "p---y," "penis," "jerk-off," "d--k," "a--hole," "bitch," "masturbate," "s--t my pants," "pr--k," and all manner of insults and put-downs.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Alcoholic beverages consumed in multiple scenes; some drunkenness. Vaping. Smoking: cigarettes and one joint. References to drug dealing, Ecstasy, marijuana.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Most Likely to Murder is a lowbrow comedy about a pathetic young loser with few prospects and little hope who comes back to his hometown for a holiday. Efforts to resurrect his former "coolest" status quickly falter; disappointment reigns. Only his involvement in solving a murder -- which may or may not have been committed -- finds him center stage. And then it's only after a series of ill-conceived plans and ludicrous mishaps that he regains the limelight. The movie is filled with profanities ("f--k," "s--t," "d--k," "douche bag"), sexual put-downs ("jerk-off," "p---y"), partial nudity (a shot of what appears to be a very large penis, bare butts), and women as objects of sexual ridicule (e.g., a middle-aged woman bares her breast in a farcical sexual come-on scene). Expect some comic suspense and violence, including bloody scratches and a fight in which punches are thrown and glass is broken. Drinking and smoking are frequent, along with some drug references (Ecstasy) and scenes of vaping and marijuana use.

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What's the story?

MOST LIKELY TO MURDER finds Billy Green (Adam Pally), a 20-something wannabe big shot, returning to his Long Island hometown for Thanksgiving. There he encounters Kara (Rachel Bloom), the angry girl he left behind; Duane (Doug Mand), his dim-bulb best friend; and Lowell (Vincent Kartheiser), the man he tormented when they were teens. Desperate for respect and to maintain his "coolest guy in high school" reputation, Billy is more than a bit distressed to find that Kara and Lowell are a budding couple. Lowell has always grossed Billy out. And he does so again. Particularly when he sees Lowell, now a pharmacist, behaving strangely on the very night the quirky fellow's mother dies in her sleep. Billy's suspicions mount; his need to prove that a murder may have happened escalates, so assorted old high school chums get involved, including the police lieutenant now married to one of Billy's rumored sexual conquests. Comic mayhem ensues.

Is it any good?

A nonsensical story filled with one-note dimwits and laden with raunchy language, drinking, and sexual antics (at the expense of women), this "comedy" is driven by farcical mean-spiritedness. The in-your-face, unsympathetic hero of this film has a typical persona: He peaked in high school and it has been downhill ever since. In a movie like Most Likely to Murder, it's essential that audiences like the comic hero despite his obvious flaws. Is Billy Green likable? Though Adam Pally gives his all -- a performance without a shred of vanity -- the character simply doesn't have any redeeming virtues, and Pally doesn't have the twinkle in his eye that audiences respond to in some other "jaded" comic performers. Still, there's enough fun in this bawdy effort to satisfy those who don't mind all-out inanity and easy laughs.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the profanity and swearing in Most Likely to Murder. Does it ever become repetitive or ineffective? How much is too much for your personal taste? How does it (or how does it not) serve the story?

  • Think about the female roles in this film. Other than as sexual partners or objects of sexual ridicule, how did they impact the story? Talk about the three mothers in the film. What, if any, positive qualities did they exhibit?  

  • Did you notice the music in the film? How did the music accentuate the cartoonish quality of the movie? How does music set the tone in movies -- both comedic and dramatic?

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