A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that My Man Is a Loser focuses on the trials and tribulations of long-term relationships, portraying husbands and wives in stereotypical opposition to each other rather than partners. Two husbands commiserate with each other and with their bachelor buddy about the woeful state of their marriages, but they eventually realize that some of the issues are their own fault. Meanwhile, their wives have plenty of their own complaints in this predictable romcom that's filled with swearing ("s--t," "f--k," etc.), has several drunken scenes at bars, and features lots of graphic discussions about sex and plenty of women in their underwear -- and sometimes topless.
What's the story?
Paul (Bryan Callen) and Marty (Michael Rapaport) are business partners on the brink of major success with the company they started -- but on the edge of failure with their marriages. They're about to pull off the biggest deal of their career, but they can barely co-exist with their wives, in large part because they spend too much time focused on the job at the exclusion of everything else and complaining to each other about their relationships instead of fixing them. The women are just as frustrated and spend plenty of time avoiding the men and airing their own gripes to each other. Their single buddy, Mike (John Stamos), who never met a woman he didn't like/seduce, is tasked with teaching them how to woo their wives back ... which ultimately leads to a change in his own views on commitment.
Is it any good?
MY MAN IS A LOSER isn't such a winner, though it does have something worthwhile to say about marriage despite its sexist cliches about making an effort and sticking to a commitment. (And Stamos is pretty steady, serving up his some authenticity behind the schmooze.) Husbands and wives are portrayed as living in enemy camps, with battle lines clearly drawn along gender lines.
Whatever happened to humans being complicated, hence the difficulties of relationships? Must everything be boiled down to male-female differences? Husbands complain about their sex lives and are jealous of their bachelor buddy's freedom (and endless stream of female conquests). Wives complain about their husbands' lack of interest in family life. Could these battles be any more cliched? Eventually they all realize that their relationships are important and need nurturing. "Men are stupid, women are crazy," is the way one character sums up the eternal battle of the sexes. In this film, that's pretty much as deep as it gets.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about marriage and long-term relationships. What do you think about the marriages portrayed here? Is the conflict due mostly to the husbands' attitudes, the wives', or a combination? Do you think these relationships are realistic?
Do you find the bachelor's lifestyle appealing? How does his attitude toward being single change over the course of the film?
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