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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Characters lie to one another repeatedly, then learn they shouldn't.
Violence & Scariness
One character throws pies at ex-girlfriends' faces; running gag has a grandmother hitting herself in the head with a frying pan.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Explicit references for a PG-13. Frequent discussion of sex and genitals; minor imagery, including one bar scene with suggestive dancing.
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Frequent sexual profanity.
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Products & Purchases
Starbucks, New York's Cinema Village, Magnolia Bakery, Nintendo, Crate & Barrel.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking at parties, in homes, and at a bar (to the point of drunkenness).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie includes a lot of discussion (though very little imagery) of sexual activity. The protagonist describes her revived sex life to her therapist using explicit language (repeated references to male and female genitals). Characters drink at parties and in their homes. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Sometimes clever but more often unsubtle, Prime combines romantic and family comedy formulas. The relationship between Lisa and Rafi remains more intriguing than the romance, even when it's disturbed by the very foreseeable "twist" that David is Lisa's son. Once that happens, the movie lurches into broad and much less interesting comedy. Lisa strains to maintain the professional relationship, and spends sessions trying not to look appalled at Rafi's elaborate descriptions of David's penis.
Lisa and Rafi's differences constitute a tension that is both familiar and remarkable. That the film has to build up the romance in order to complicate the women's relationship is to its detriment (Streep's mugging for the camera while listening to sex stories becomes increasingly unfunny). When the predictable confrontations finally come around, the film has long since run out of energy. Pretending that David's maturation has been its focus all along, Prime awkwardly loses sight of its more substantive relationship.
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