A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Young women are shown to be two-faced, cliquish, and cruel, while some, with less self-confidence, are willing to do anything to be accepted into the group.Â Most suffer no remorse, nor are there consequences for bad behavior. Homosexuality is seen only as a stereotype. A blind man is the brunt of a recurring joke. Everything, however, is depicted as over-the-top, ridiculous behavior not meant to be imitated or taken seriously.
Violence & Scariness
Slapstick roughhousing, including salsa wrestling, girls fighting clumsily, a character hit with a football, a whack in the face, a false threat with a "loaded gun," and a dead cat seen from a short distance.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Frequent sexual references. Female bodies are rarely seen in anything other than bikinis, thongs, short shorts, tight tube tops, or wet T-shirts. There is passionate male-female kissing, slobbering, girls kissing, sexy dancing, bumps, grinds, a "threesome," and a brief scene with a gay massage in process. However, there is no nudity, and there are no serious sexual encounters.
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Constant swearing, racy language, and sexual dialogue: "eat me," "s--t," "take a leak,"Â "piece of a--," "turd," "smell like a--," "feel like a--," "butt-sucking,"Â "bitch," "horny," "penis," "bone me," "went down on a guy" and numerous instances of "slut." The F-word, however, is kept to a minimum. Â Â
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
College kids and immature adults spend a week drinking to excess and partying non-stop. Almost every scene shows someone chug-a-lugging beer, doing shots, and getting wildly drunk.Â
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a comedy that takes the concept of spring break to its most outrageous levels. While there is no actual nudity, college-aged girls wear bikinis, tight shorts, thongs, etc. and little else throughout the film. The dialogue is filled with references to body parts, coarse swearing, and crude language, all delivered to get laughs. Sexual episodes include: lots of sexy dancing, passionate kissing, girls kissing, a "threesome," and a glimpse of a gay massage. Kids, having no adult supervision, spend a week dancing, drinking, getting drunk, and letting their libidos run wild. Even the semi-sensible adults, of which there are only a few, get caught up in the rowdy, self-indulgent, never-ending party. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Three very talented women wind up humiliating themselves in a movie with too little story, too few laughs. Spring Breakdown follows the enormous success of bawdy comedies in which inept, socially awkward man-boys find joy and solace in each other's company (Superbad, Role Models, I Love You Man). Too bad the film's amateurish production values led it straight to DVD-land. It's a frenzy of skimpy bikinis, racy dialogue, drunken partying, and women trying way too hard to be stupider and more unconscious than they look. Could it be that it's impossible for women to appear that clueless?
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