A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Premise is based on the benefits of sometimes going device-free -- but, given the results, that plan backfires. In fact, the message of the movie might be to always, always have your device turned on.
Positive Role Models
The main characters work on growing their relationship through communication. Diverse representations in central cast.
Violence & Scariness
A couple of deaths that are clearly unrealistic; one man has blood on his forehead. Gun use is accompanied by responsible discussion.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Plot focused on a couple's relationship: In a couple of scenes, they make out, with the intention of having sex. Couple showers together in a non-sexy situation.
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Occasional strong language includes "ass," "shat," and several uses of "f--k."
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Products & Purchases
Joke about Alexa, Siri, and Google devices.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A couple drinks and smokes pot while on vacation.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Save Yourselves! is a sci-fi survival comedy that pokes fun at Millennial culture. It plays on a premise many have joked about: How would Millennials survive an alien apocalypse? Su (Sunita Mani) and Jack (John Reynolds) go on a device-free vacation in upstate New York and, therefore, don't get the news that murderous aliens have attacked. (In fact, the movie's message might be to always, always have your device turned on!) While the aliens do kill humans, the extraterrestrials look deceptively harmless (think of a Tribbles-like creature), and the deaths occur in a comically unrealistic fashion. Su and Jack drink and smoke pot, and it's implied that they have sex, but only kissing is shown. Occasional strong language includes "ass" and "f--k." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This far-out comedy is a laugh blaster, with the humor coming from the reality of how two Brooklyn hipsters would survive in an apocalyptic situation. When Su and Jack, who have careers in the digital world, get the opportunity to take a week in the country, they make the conscious choice to leave their devices off and work on their relationship. Still, Su can't get a conversation started without relying on material she got from the internet, and Jack is self-conscious about his self-described "modern man" way of life: He doesn't know how to drive a stick, build anything, or fire a gun. When the alien invasion occurs, they're completely out of their element; as Su says, "I have no skills."
What's savagely clever is that Save Yourselves! isn't about the aliens; it's about Su and Jack's relationship. How they relate and talk to each other is snort-laughingly accurate. The aliens are just a device to show how they interact as a team when the stress and stakes are high. While their survival skills are soft, their communication skills and teamwork are strong. The film weakens when writer-directors Alex Huston Fischer and Eleanor Wilson back themselves into a corner with the story and must address the end of the world. Instead of a third act, it's like a five-minute button. Abandoning the rules of screenwriting can be welcome, but in this case, it seems the writers spaced out.
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