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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.
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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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