Not Cool

Movie review by
Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Crass coming-of-age tale is full of profanity, sex jokes.
  • NR
  • 2014
  • 92 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 6 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Look past first impressions; give people the space to change, grow.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Janie appears interested in forging honest relationships with others; nearly all other characters are selfishly motivated, cynical, or judgmental to a fault.


Two girls fight, punch, and scrap. At a party, there's a dry-erase board keeping a rape tally for the night.


Explicit, crass sexual references throughout to various sex acts, including a woman remembering breaking her hymen with a baby carrot and having sex with a zucchini. Woman asks guy to put penis in glory hole in bathroom to perform oral sex; overhead shot shows her simulating the act; guy simulates oral sex with picture of a woman; guy simulates masturbating; two guys kiss at a party; guy and girl kiss, remove shirts, and cutaway to next scene implies intercourse. 


"F--k" throughout; "s--t," "p---y," "d--k," "blow job," "ass," "hell, yeah," "retarded," "t-tties."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

College students drink beer at numerous parties; students smoke weed out of pipes; multiple references to forms of Molly or Ecstasy.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Not Cool is a crass, raunchy film about college kids at home for Thanksgiving break that has explicit, graphic sexual language, a scene involving oral sex in a bathroom, a few instances of simulated masturbation, drinking and smoking weed, lots of uses of "f--k," and a generally porn-ified treatment of its subject. It's rife with stereotypes and jokes about mental illness, obesity, and rape and several references to excrement. A woman is vomited on multiple times. Though its meant to be a coming-of-age comedy in the vein of American Pie, it's all the crassness with none of the heart.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySnobby December 22, 2019
Adult Written byvaleriea3 January 19, 2018

loved it

I'm 15 years old, I watched this since I was 11. In my opinion a kid can watch it based on maturity. You have to have a good and dark sense of humor to act... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byBellalong July 30, 2017
Teen, 13 years old Written bysammi18.18 January 9, 2016

Very inappropriate!

Although you shouldn't really expect "clean" from youtube star Shane Dawson, this went beyond my expectations. While i enjoyed this, my parents w... Continue reading

What's the story?

Scott (Shane Dawson) is back home for Thanksgiving break, only to find out he's been dumped. Luckily, he finds a burgeoning friendship in former classmate Tori, who has changed a lot since her days as an acne-ridden high school geek. As they explore the possibility of a new, more adult relationship, they must confront the past, their high school reputations, their hometown life, and whether it's possible to forgive and forget.

Is it any good?

NOT COOL is what happens when you make a movie that's curiously devoid of human connection. It lacks what movies such as American Pie or Superbad arguably have: a warmth and nostalgia for a certain kind of coming of age as well as more believable relationships. Here, nearly every character is out for him or herself, awash in a pose of trendy quippy-ness, ironic detachment, and mean-spiritedness that keeps everyone one-dimensional. Plus, the jokes aren't funny; they are racist, sexist, homophobic, or gross as a general rule.

Teens who like comedies in this vein may find a few vulgarly funny jokes to keep them interested, but unless they're prepping for a film major and want to learn the ins and outs of how not to do raunch, there's virtually nothing of substance, comedically or otherwise, to glean here.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the film's deliberately politically incorrect stance. Does this serve the film in any way? 

  • Underneath the jokes that target every possible minority group, is there any heart to this movie? Does it ring true as a story about young people? Why, or why not?

  • Do these characters seem believable or relatable? Why, or why not?

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