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Sextuplets

Movie review by
Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
Sextuplets Movie Poster Image
Wayans plays many roles in raunchy slapstick comedy.
  • NR
  • 2019
  • 97 minutes

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Be careful what you wish for, because you just may get it.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Despite foolishness and making bad choices, the main character is loyal, loving, and determined. Stereotyping: brash, intimidating female; con artist. Fat-shaming.

Violence

Slapstick action: chases, an abduction, falls, punches, slaps, a wild pillow fight, a man smashed into a wall, taser, a bull smashes into a car. A sexually aggressive employer harasses an employee.

Sex

Raunchy comical sexual references, innuendo: kissing with tongues, an exotic dancer, a sexual come-on. Mentions of nudity, virginity.

Language

Extreme swearing/rude language: "f--k," "s--t," "balls," "t-tties," "goddamn," "slut," "ass," "testicles," "hos," "anus." References to sex: "slept my way to the top," "sit on my face."

Consumerism

Chips Ahoy, Stan Smith shoes, Honda Civic, Kool cigarettes, and a litany of sugary cereals (Lucky Charms, Cap'n Crunch, Cookie Crisp, Sugar Pops).

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking, drunkenness, references to "weed," "nose candy," "crackhead."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sextuplets is a bawdy comedy that stars Marlon Wayans as seven characters -- six sextuplets (both male and female) as well as a "surprise" character at the end. It's a noisy, fast-paced movie with lots of slapstick action (falls, chases, an abduction, fights, tasers, a gun threat), ridiculous situations, and all-out, over-the-top performances. Many of the characters are likely to strike viewers as stereotypical and/or offensive, and they're purposefully crude: a blubbery dolt with a cereal obsession; a tough-talking, take-no-prisoners exotic dancer; a tiny invalid in desperate need of a kidney; and a gold-toothed con artist, among others. Expect jokes about sex, drugs, farting, and race, along with tons of profanity ("f--k," "slut," "hos," "s--t," "testicles," and more). A sexually aggressive employer harasses an employee. Characters drink, sometimes to excess, and there are drug references and fat-shaming.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 9 and 11 year old Written byavengerboi August 27, 2019

Way too high rated

This is not 16 plus! No way! There is barely language in there, a little ass and shit here and there and one use if the f word. It should be 2 or 3 not 5! Then... Continue reading
Adult Written byLakishaholman August 29, 2019

Kudos to Marlon!

Loved it! Loved it! Loved it! Marlon did a great job playing each character. Credit needs to be given where it’s due. Thanks Marlon and team for this hilarious... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old August 27, 2019

Sextuplets (2019) Review

I didn’t think it was that bad language wise there were 2 F-Bombs and couple of others here and there. Slapstick violence in the parking lot scene , they made i... Continue reading

What's the story?

Alan (Marlon Wayans) is going to be a father for the first time in SEXTUPLETS, so it saddens him that as a foster child, he never knew his own biological parents. With help from his supportive wife, Marie (Bresha Webb), he sets out to find them. What Alan uncovers, to his utter astonishment, is that he is one of six! His mother gave birth to sextuplets. Alan's new mission is to find his mother and all five of his brothers and sisters. It's a daunting task -- made even more daunting when he begins to meet them, one by one. What a challenging array of misfits and blowhards they are. It leads Alan to question both his mission and his sanity. 

Is it any good?

Marlon Wayans deserves a little love for giving his all (and giving up any vanity he may have had) to play six farcical, over-the-top characters in this absurdly silly, raunchy, one-joke comedy. And that's not counting his straight role as the Sextuplets protagonist. There are a few solid laughs (a sequence paying homage to TV's The Rockford Files is hilarious), but beyond that, it's potty humor, exaggerated stereotypes, and ridiculous situations -- an unexpected kidney transplant is about as sophisticated as it gets. Still, it's a bet that the movie will find an audience, even if it's only adolescent boys and their like-minded adult counterparts.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of silly, gross-out humor. Is there a line between funny and offensive? 

  • What is a "stereotype"? Are stereotypes OK if they're meant to be funny? Which characters in this movie are stereotypes? 

  • Who do you think is the intended audience for Sextuplets?

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