A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No real positive messages here. According to the story, women are only beautiful when they wear makeup and fancy clothes.
Positive Role Models
Monika is a dedicated school teacher and dutiful daughter who takes a job she doesn't like, modeling, to pay off her father's debts.
Violence & Scariness
A woman puts a car's stick shift in reverse and lets it back into some pillars. A blindfolded man hits his head on a door frame. A third grader eats an allergen and goes into anaphylactic shock twice, but is saved each time when an epinephrine injection is administered.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A man and woman kiss passionately. Later we learn they've had sex. A woman hopes that if she dresses sexily for her husband, she'll be able to have a baby girl. Monika refers to pictures of her "naked butt" appearing all over town, but we see her only fully clothed. A naked woman is seen from behind.
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"F--k," "bitch," "ass," "bastard," "hell," "butt," "scumbag," "damn," "whore," "piss," "suck," and "hooking up."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Squared Love (in Polish with English subtitles) is a breezy romantic comedy involving a school teacher who secretly moonlights as a glitzy commercial model to pay off her father's debts. Language includes "f--k," "bitch," "ass," "bastard," "hell," "butt," "scumbag," "damn," "whore," "piss," "suck," and "hooking up." Apart from passionate kissing, no sex is seen. Adults drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes. A third grader eats an allergen and goes into anaphylactic shock twice, but is saved each time when an epinephrine injection is administered. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Romcom fans will most likely enjoy this movie even if there's some serious suspension of disbelief involved. While the actors here are charming, the movie's basic premise -- that a beautiful woman will be totally unrecognizable if she wears blue contact lenses and dons a curly wig -- is utterly preposterous. That doesn't mean Squared Love isn't entertaining, but it starts with the need to accept a huge, faulty premise -- that people who see each other every day don't recognize each other's voices, walks, body language, and teeth.
The nonsense doesn't end there. An extortionist who threatens to expose someone's secret unless she pays $10,000 exposes that secret anyway, thereby destroying his leverage, not usually the best strategy for criminal enterprises. Also, the idea that women go for cocky and self absorbed cheaters feels a bit misogynist. And a useless side story pits dedicated teacher Monika against a principal who hates her unorthodox methods and whose repetitive appearances throughout only serve to remind her and the audience that he'll fire her the moment national test results prove she's a bad teacher. It feels obvious that her class will score high, vindicate her methods, and show the principal to be a hypocrite. It's all very predictable, so one's enjoyment hinges on whether that's a positive thing or not.
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