Smosh: The Movie

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
Smosh: The Movie Movie Poster Image
Hit YouTube duo embarks on lowbrow comic adventure.
  • PG-13
  • 2015
  • 84 minutes

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 20 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Vague message about not losing sight of what makes you you -- a job and a fancy haircut shouldn't render you unavailable and unrecognizable to your close friends.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Ian and Anthony are loyal friends to each other. Ian's parents are supportive.

Violence

The guys almost get ripped to shreds by an animated killer gorilla wielding a chainsaw, and a bear attacks the founder of YouTube. A character is injured/dies again and again (he's got glass shards sticking in him or is electrocuted) as the guys repeat experiencing one video. A mail carrier beats Ian to the point of bloodying his nose.

Sex

Ian falls in love with a YouTube personality dubbed Butt Massage Girl (all viewers can see of her is her butt as it's getting a professional massage). Mr. YouTube makes several "wiener" jokes and shows his "junk" to the guys and later to a mom using a pizza box to disguise his penis (nothing is visible except for others' reactions). Anthony has 30 bikini-clad girlfriends.

Language

One "f--k," plus more regular uses of "s--t," "a--hole," "bitch," etc.

Consumerism

The whole movie might as well be a commercial for YouTube.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adults drink at a party.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Smosh: The Movie is a feature-length comedy starring popular YouTube comedy duo Smosh (aka Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla). Other well-known YouTubers also make appearances in this lowbrow adventure, which (despite not being that great) is likely to appeal to Smosh's YouTube devotees. There's regular use of strong language ("s--t," "a--hole," "ass," "d--kheads," "little bitch," and one "f--k"), some violence (one main character is beat up, an animated killer gorilla wields a chainsaw, a character is injured/dies again and again as the guys experience one video repeatedly, etc.), crass references to sex and arousal (a major character is exclusively referred to as "Butt Massage Girl"), as well as nonstop mentions of YouTube and other social media platforms.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byFelipepercha7 July 26, 2015

Awful

Don't waste your time, really one of the worst movies ever made
Adult Written bycaleb345 July 27, 2015

Very Impressed

This movie really Suprised me, I had intentions of this movie being not so great but this movie was great! It truly brings out Ian and Anthony's comedic ta... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byjesse0924 July 25, 2015

Really Great Movie!

If You Watch YouTube And Know a lot of the YouTubers out there then this is the movie for you. It may not Be The best movie for kids, But its a Very Good movie!
Teen, 13 years old Written byrebo344 July 25, 2015

Not the best thing ever, but still fun.

(Smosh), I always enjoy their videos on Youtube back then. Although their humour is stale now, Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox were good here and there. The best... Continue reading

What's the story?

SMOSH: THE MOVIE is the feature-length movie starring YouTube comedy duo Smosh -- aka Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla -- whose YouTube channels boast more than 20 million subscribers. The movie's plot is simple and unapologetically ludicrous: Anthony, a pizza deliveryman, lives with Ian, who apparently does nothing but watch YouTube videos of a bikini-clad woman receiving a butt massage. As their 10th high school reunion approaches, Anthony discovers that an embarrassing video of him from senior year has been posted on YouTube. He's afraid that his high-school crush, Anna, will see the video, so he and Ian visit YouTube headquarters and demand an audience with "Mr. YouTube" (Michael Ian Black), who tells them that once a video is on YouTube, it can never be deleted. But through a magical loophole, the two can enter YouTube and change the video from the inside.

Is it any good?

Those who aren't already among the Smosh guys' millions of fans will likely wonder what makes them such a popular YouTube sensation. They have a Millennial Dumb and Dumber/slacker shtick that's funny for a second and then quickly grows tedious. Several of the supporting characters are themselves famous YouTube personalities -- like Jenna Marbles, Shane Dawson, Grace Helbig, Harley Morenstein, Mark Fischbach ("Markiplier"), and Dominic "D-Trix" Sandoval. If these names mean nothing to you, this probably isn't a movie worth seeing. But if YouTubers are your (or your kid's) jam, you may delight in seeing your favorite Internet celebs in a new format.

Billed as a Bill & Ted for the next generation, Smosh doesn't take into consideration that while these guys are probably hilarious in digital shorts, carrying a movie (usually) requires actual acting skills, which these two don't seem up to the task of mastering. If Hollywood was looking for a movie that truly elevates web celebs to the status of pulling off a feature-length film, this isn't it. But for viewers who count themselves among Smosh's legion of fans, it's sure to be an enjoyable endeavor others won't understand.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the popularity of YouTube celebrities like the Smosh duo. Do you need to be existing YouTube fans to get the jokes and the cameos? Why are these guys famous? Do you think they're good actors, or do you prefer their shorter videos?

  • What other YouTube and Vine celebs do you think should get a chance at a movie? Or would they do better to stick with the platform that made them famous?

  • How is violence depicted in the movie? Is it meant to be funny? How does that affect its impact?

  • What role does technology play in the movie?

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