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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Implicit message to work hard toward your goal rather than resort to crazy schemes to get your way.
Positive Role Models
Shaun's goofy stoner brother and nice girlfiend are unwaveringly loyal to him. His lousy, selfish, and misbehaving parents need to get a clue.
Violence & Scariness
Comic peril and injury (including death in a surfing accident). One character accidentally burns down a building. Things fall on the head of a sick man.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual situations, kissing, voyeurism.
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Strong language for PG-13, including one "f--k."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drug and alcohol humor throughout the movie.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that despite the PG-13 rating there's a lot of material they may consider inappropriate. Abuse of alcohol and drugs is portrayed as normal and funny. While on drugs, a character drives dangerously, has casual sex, and sets a building on fire, also intended to be comic. Some kissing, including a same-sex kiss. A character is accidentally given drugs. Another pretends to be asleep so he can watch a couple have sex. Horrendous parenting by main character Shaun's parents is played for laughs. One character blackmails a friend by threatening to expose her slutty behavior. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Hanks and Fisk, as the ostensible force of sanity at the heart of the movie, don't get much of a chance to prove themselves as actors, but they have some presence. Black, as always, even with terrible material, is a joy to watch. There are also talented actors in small roles -- including O'Hara, Lithgow, Tomlin, and Ramis, as well as Chevy Chase, Ben Stiller, and especially Kevin Kline, who has a very nice scene with Hanks.
This movie begins with a comic death in a surfing accident, followed by a funeral at which female mourners wear black bikinis. Drugs and drunkenness are rampant and casual. Slaptick gags include forgetting to give a sick man his medicine and then having a lot of things hit him on the head. Shaun is the straight man, surrounded by a horrendously dysfunctional family but loved by his stoner brother and supportive girfriend.
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