A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
It's important to love yourself and embrace what it means to be yourself. Integrity is a theme.
Positive Role Models
Red starts the film not loving who she is, instead choosing to live her life through Dolly Parton quotes. But after making a successful career as a Parton impersonator, Red realizes that it means more to be herself than to try to be someone else. Red also rediscovers the depth of her lifelong friendship with Francis, realizing that she'd been deprioritizing their relationship due to how much she wanted to change her life.
Not much racial diversity in main cast, but the film does better on queer representation. It's implied that Red is bisexual or pansexual since she has relationships with both EP (Rose Byrne) -- an Elvis Presley impersonator whose gender expression isn't specifically known -- and Kenny (Daniel Webber), a Kenny Loggins impersonator. Drag queens are tertiary characters. Red's friend Francis has an arm difference, providing disability representation.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Bare breasts, both in a medical context (Red is having a consultation for a breast augmentation) and in a sexual context. Sex scenes, including simulated sex acts. Scenes with inappropriate touching for comedic effect.
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Language includes "ass," "bloody," "s--t," "f---ing," and "a--hole."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink, both in a club and at home.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Seriously Red is a comedy about a woman (Krew Boylan) who tries to find happiness by becoming a Dolly Parton impersonator. Mature content includes strong language ("s--t," "f--k," and more), simulated sex scenes, partial nudity (bare breasts, in both sexual and nonsexual contexts), and sexual humor. But the film also focuses on the importance of friendship and developing integrity and genuine self-love. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Seriously Red is a fun film that cashes in on the zeitgeist's love for Dolly Parton while giving audiences an important lesson in self-love. Some jokes might feel energetically weird, such as Red (Boylan) being fired for inappropriately touching her co-workers (drunkenly grabbing men by their genitals) and said touching becoming a running joke. But most of the film is a story that can resonate with most audience members when it comes to learning self-love and appreciating yourself. The impersonations of Parton and Loggins are also quite good, selling the fantasy of Red and Kenny (Webber) being at the top of their game. Overall, Seriously Red can teach audiences about the power of self-love while making them laugh and relive their Parton nostalgia.
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