Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 15+

Violent psycho-thriller is touching but flawed.

NR 2020 108 minutes

Parents say

age 18+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 1 review

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age 18+

Definitely not for kids

As an adult, I somewhat enjoyed Rent-A-Pal, but not enough to recommend it to anyone else. It was solidly an adult film, so I would say that the NR rating should be R at minimum, but more like NC-17. There was a scene where the old mother was fully naked (from a distance, but close enough to realize that she was fully naked) as the son (David) was about to help her into the shower. There was a scene where David was masturbating (nothing implicitly shown other than him reaching into his pants) to a very detailed story of a sexual encounter given by Andy (Wil Wheaton) and another where he prematurely ejaculates as his girlfriend is touching him (again, nothing implicitly shown). There was a scene where David was watching a porn flick using an old film projector. There was no sound, and it was choppy, but it was very clear what was happening on the screen. David spends a huge portion of the movie drunk. Loads of profanity, especially in Andy’s description of his sexual encounter. Andy’s character was very mean spirited and controlling. David does eventually become violent. The thing that was interesting about the film was not really knowing if Andy was at all sentient or if David had lost touch with reality so much that it only seemed that Andy was sentient (I’m going with the latter). The movie reminded me of the old Anthony Hopkins flick, Magic.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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