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My Man Is a Loser

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Predictable romcom has strong language, drinking, sex.
  • Review Date: July 27, 2014
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Romance
  • Release Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 95 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The positive take-aways include the idea that being in a long-term relationship requires maintaining a connection with your partner every day, for both the little things and the big ones. Most importantly, just be there, be present, and make sure to show up and be part of the family. On the downside, husbands and wives are frequently portrayed as being in opposition to each other, rather than partners.

Positive role models

Characters ultimately mean well in most cases but play into cliched gender/relationship stereotypes. The husbands are oblivious to the needs of their partners and children, but they eventually realize that they need to be involved in their families. Meanwhile, the single guy finally discovers that the joys of bachelorhood aren't always so great.

Violence

Couples bicker incessantly. A group of men gets into a drunken brawl at a nightclub. Two men get into a yelling match at a Little League game.

Sex

An extended scene at a strip club involves several topless women. A handsome bachelor has a nonstop stream of women moving through his bedroom. His partners are frequently seen in their underwear, and a few scenes show them fooling around. Married couples talk about sex often, usually angrily, and sometimes in a graphic way. Husbands complain about their sex lives to their friends; their wives do the same thing with each other.

Language

Frequent swearing; mostly variations of "f--k," as well as "s--t," "d--k," "p---y," and "bitch." One scene includes children swearing.

Consumerism

Several scenes are punctuated by interludes with Maria Bartiromo of CNBC delivering faux news reports that discuss the character's prospects. Another scene features financial adviser Suze Orman playing herself. Husbands make frequent comments about their wives' shopping habits, portraying them as easily placated by expensive shoes or handbags.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Several scenes take place at bars or a strip club, with people drinking heavily and often getting pretty drunk.

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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:July 25, 2014
DVD release date:September 9, 2014
Cast:John Stamos, Michael Rapaport, Bryan Callen, Tika Sumpter
Director:Mike Young
Studio:Lionsgate
Genre:Romance
Run time:95 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:pervasive language, sexual content and some graphic nudity

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