A Lot or a Little?
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Positive Role Models
Janie appears interested in forging honest relationships with others; nearly all other characters are selfishly motivated, cynical, or judgmental to a fault.
Violence & Scariness
Two girls fight, punch, and scrap. At a party, there's a dry-erase board keeping a rape tally for the night.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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"F--k" throughout; "s--t," "p---y," "d--k," "blow job," "ass," "hell, yeah," "retarded," "t-tties."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
College students drink beer at numerous parties; students smoke weed out of pipes; multiple references to forms of Molly or Ecstasy.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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