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By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Wild Vegas night of drinking, self-discovery is so-so.

Movie PG-13 2013 86 minutes
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Las Vegas is seedier and less than PARADISE in this disappointing film, though that shouldn't come as much of a surprise to anyone. However, it's all new and exciting for Lamb, who's led a sheltered life and is initially overwhelmed and amazed by the glitz and glamor of the big city.

Hough means well, but playing the naif isn't her strong suit, which hampers an already hobbled movie. She has to stretch to show any more depth as her character starts to grow, though writer-director Diablo Cody takes a tell-not-show approach that makes the entire enterprise feel unimaginative and uninteresting. (In a word: meh.) It's a shame: Cody's script has great potential starting from the premise. But a poker-chip-thin characterization by Hough and an unshakable obviousness in the dialogue mitigates its potential.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: October 18, 2013
  • On DVD or streaming: November 12, 2013
  • Cast: Julianne Hough , Octavia Spencer , Russell Brand
  • Director: Diablo Cody
  • Inclusion Information: Female directors, Black actors
  • Studio: Mandate Pictures
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 86 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: sexual material, substance abuse, some language and thematic elements.
  • Last updated: June 20, 2023

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