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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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Positive Role Models
Even though they resort to criminal behavior, each main character is a good person, has just reasons to be upset, and tries to be brave when it counts.
The main characters are 3 South African men of color. Many supporting roles are played by people of color. Only 2 supporting women roles. An Asian martial arts character is played for laughs, with full-on "Asian" musical accompaniment. Running gag about an unhoused person.
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Violence & Scariness
Some violence, gore. Everything is humorously represented, but there's blood, blood splatter, hastily-eaten corpses and skeletons, and sounds of aliens eating humans. A man imagines decapitating his father with a sword, punching a woman in the stomach to rip out her still-beating heart, and another man exploding (body parts go everywhere). Adults also get stabbed, hit, shot with paintballs, and vaporized. A crew of office employees get drugged ("tranquilizers") and knocked out by coworkers spiking beers.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Women in lingerie; cleavage. A woman's bare breast hangs out of her shirt. A man is shown putting his pants back on after implied sex in his office. A man undresses quickly thinking he's about to have sex with a woman in lingerie. Other women are shown in workout outfits, bathing suits, and in underwear. A man finds a sex toy (a "fleshlight" with a lifelike vagina). Employees are told to carry blow-up sex dolls with them at all times. Brief romantic kissing.
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Strong language throughout includes: "f--k," "f--king," "s--t," "a--hole," "p---y," "d--k," "c--k," "ass," "damn," and "knobface."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Men drink alcohol at bars. One scene shows men getting drunk and dancing.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Office Invasion is a South African science fiction comedy about three struggling friends working in the office of a mining company that mines an incredibly valuable substance called "Zulcanoid." But little do they know, aliens also want this substance, and they have infiltrated the company as their new ownership! Expect a fair amount of comedic violence, blood, gore, and fighting. There are sounds of aliens eating humans, visuals of hastily-eaten corpses and skeletons spewed out from some off-screen monster, and aliens in human form playing with body parts. A man imagines decapitating his father with a sword, punching a woman in the stomach to rip out her still-beating heart, and another man exploding (body parts go everywhere). Adults also get stabbed, hit, shot with paintballs, and vaporized. There's brief nudity (a bare breast), implied sex, women paraded about in bathing suits, workout outfits, and underwear. A man finds a sex toy (a "fleshlight" with a lifelike vagina). Employees are told to carry blow-up sex dolls with them at all times. Adults drink a few times and get drunk once. Strong language includes: "f--k," "f--king," "s--t," "a--hole," "p---y," "d--k," "c--k," "ass," "damn," and "knobface." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
While the acting is strong and dedicated, the pacing and structure of Office Invasion are a bit off. Well over the first half is a simple and mild office comedy with silly bosses and bored employees. The action, violence, science fiction elements, and aliens primarily appear in the 3rd act, after what feels like a very long introduction to each main character. But beyond knowing each other vaguely from working at the same office, how these coworkers come together as friends isn't explained at all, yet halfway in, they inexplicably come together at a bar, share each other's current life woes, concoct a heist plan over drinks, and leave best friends.
Further, this movie doesn't figure out a decent tone to marry its drama and comedy. Each main character's story is solidly dramatic (one is losing his trust fund, another is about to lose his apartment, and the third needs expensive medicine for his daughter), but for every straightly-played dramatic scene, there are "wacky" and ridiculous comedic bits and gags and characters. One "crazy" person at a "Hospital for the Criminally Insane" demands people pet his stuffed puppy, poops in his own hand, and offers it to people, an Asian security trainer is played for laughs (along with an "Asian" accent and musical accompaniment), and a running gag involving an unhoused person. In addition, this movie represents women characters in sexist ways. There are better sci-fi comedies out there.
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