A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Money can't buy love or happiness. Assumes that everybody wants, or should want, to find true love, and that finding it is the only way to real happiness in life.
Positive Role Models
Ferro starts out as a typical rich playboy who enjoys his freedom to date lots of women and doesn't want to be tied down. But his money is self made through his own hard work, and he remains humble, generous, and kind. Diane is still recovering from past trauma and has closed herself off emotionally, but she's smart, has a lot of common sense, and is willing to work hard to achieve her dreams. There's some brief stereotyping of a fat woman as comically unappealing. The supporting cast's range of skin colors provides a variety of positive representations.
Violence & Scariness
An attempted mugging shows the victim punching and hitting his assailants with a heavy duffel bag. A man is assaulted in jail. Tweaking nipples over a shirt, simulated thrusting from behind, and punching in self defense are shown. It's implied through flashbacks and talking about it that a woman was raped in the past, but that word is never used.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One scene shows kissing and caressing in bed with implied nudity; no sensitive parts are shown and it's clearly implied afterward that they had sex. Some kissing. A teen and much older man caress and embrace while very drunk. Mention that a man "can't get it up." A pool party has lots of people in scanty bathing suits. Lots of people make sexual advances or flirt heavily with Ferro. Two fully-clothed men put a hand on each other's thighs and squeeze with sexually-suggestive dialogue.
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"F--k," "f--king," "s--t," "ass," "hell," "son of a bitch," "wiseass," and "moron."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Unpleasant characters are frequently seen drinking, including in the daytime, and exhibit drunken behavior. Adults order champagne, wine, and cocktails on an airplane and in a bar. Wine glasses on the table at dinner. A man says he's impotent and the woman pursuing him shakes a bottle of pills and says "the big V" will take care of it.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that My Secret Billionaire is a romance between middle-aged adults, so teen appeal may be limited, although the dream of romance with a billionaire is pretty universal. Violence includes a few punches; a mugging; a same-sex, jailhouse sexual assault that only shows tweaking nipples over the shirt directly; and a character recovering from trauma that's strongly implied to be rape, although that word is never used. There's a sex scene in bed that implies nudity under covers (no sensitive body parts shown) and has kissing, caressing, and cuddling in bed afterward. A teen and much older man caress and embrace while very drunk. Mention that a man "can't get it up." Two fully-clothed men put a hand on each other's thighs and squeeze with sexually-suggestive dialogue. Strong language includes "f--k," "s--t," and "ass." Adults drink wine and cocktails occasionally; unpleasant characters drink frequently to excess. One character drinks during the day. A man who says he's impotent is offered "the big V" to fix the problem. The supporting cast is diverse, but some stereotypes about the attractiveness of fat people are played for comedy. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The premise of this forgettable romance isn't very original, but it's one many people enjoy dreaming about. Unfortunately, the plot of My Secret Billionaire is so full of confusing holes that even two attractive stars don't help the viewer look past them. Mostly because there's just not much real chemistry between the two leads. Weak acting across the board means most of the scenes played for comedy fall completely flat, and there are too many unpleasant characters who aren't even fun to root against. Almost every aspect of the story has been done better in another movie, so this one's likely to appeal only to the biggest romance fans looking for one they haven't seen yet.
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