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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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
Ian and Anthony are loyal friends to each other. Ian's parents are supportive.
Violence & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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One "f--k," plus more regular uses of "s--t," "a--hole," "bitch," etc.
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Products & Purchases
The whole movie might as well be a commercial for YouTube.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink at a party.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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