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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Naked is a farcical comedy in which the lead character is forced to repeatedly relive one hour on his wedding day. Each time, he wakes up naked on the floor of an elevator, then must attempt to clothe himself and find his way to his bride's side at the church. The filmmakers manage to obscure any frontal nudity using camera angles and various objects that hide his genitals from view, but this concept is the central focus of the movie. Count on some sexual conversation (joking, questioning fidelity, innuendo) and lots of profanity, including "s--t" "ass," "balls," "junk," "hell," and one use of "f--k." Characters kiss; a prostitute is a featured character; and there's comically sensual dancing. Slapstick action, including falls, crashes, fistfights, chases, and wild rides, is frequent. Other than some talented African-American actors taking part in the endeavor, there's nothing about this movie to recommend, even for teen slapstick fans.
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Surprised it got such bad reviews, I loved it. It's funny from slapstick to a guy running around butt naked, (his butt... Continue reading
What's the story?
Rob Anderson (Marlon Wayans) is about to experience one of the great joys of life in NAKED. A substitute teacher with little ambition, Rob is getting married to Megan Swope (Regina Hall), a successful doctor with a rich businessman dad (Dennis Haysbert) who doesn't think Rob is worthy of his daughter. It's the night before the wedding, and while Megan and best friends are celebrating together, Rob and his best man go out for "just one drink." Suddenly, in a shattering moment the next day, Rob wakes up, naked and alone, in an elevator. It's only seconds before the elevator doors open and Rob is faced with a crowd of people in the lobby of a hotel. And, to his dismay, he discovers that he's already late for the magnificent church wedding that's about to start without him. With no resources at hand, it's up to Rob to immediately take cover, make his way to the church, and claim his bride. But, after a very short hour, Rob again finds himself slammed on the floor of the elevator once more, only for the travesty to begin again! And again, until the confounded groom is forced to relive the moment countless times. Rob is astounded and scared, Megan is desperate, her dad is hopeful, and the wedding guests are bewildered. Complicated by a jealous maid of honor (Eliza Coupe); an old beau, Cody (Scott Foley), a favorite of dad's; and Rob's previous devil-may-care attitude, it's a challenging conundrum. Will Rob ever be able to extricate himself from the endless loop and be the man he was meant to be?
Is it any good?
A coming-of-age story about an immature grownup, this film is filled with sight gags about being naked, superficial characters, a very predictable story, and some homilies about cultural intolerance. Naked has a ridiculous premise, an absence of logic, and repetitive scenes that begin to grate well before the movie's midway point. Marlon Wayans, an exuberant fellow willing to go to any lengths to get a laugh -- even in a movie as dumb as this one- - hasn't done himself any favors if he hopes to transition from "comedian" to "actor." Based on a 2000 Swedish movie, Naked hopes to be a naked version of Groundhog Day, the Bill Murray treasure, but lacks the cleverness, irony, and circumspection that defined that film. Not recommended.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the definition of "lowbrow" humor. What comic elements can you expect to find in the lowbrow genre (e.g., slapstick action, exaggerated characterizations, public nudity)? Which of those elements are part of Naked? What are some of your favorite comedies that might fit into this category?
Do you think that a semblance of logic is necessary, even in a comic film, to make a story satisfying? Did the filmmakers make any attempt to explain what happens to Rob in Naked, either in a larger context or in individual incidents? Does acknowledging the absurdity of a situation make the lack of logic more acceptable? Why or why not?
Think about Rob's character arc. Did the film's many reawakening sequences adequately track and motivate his change? What exactly happened that made him "see the light" about his irresponsibility and behave differently?
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