A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No real messages in this one.
Positive Role Models
Teens drink, purchase and smoke marijuana, have affairs with older adults, snort what they think is cocaine, smoke cigarettes, and constantly talk of sex. The adults are either stoned slackers, amorous older women sleeping with teenage boys, creepy country club managers, nerdy parents, or hot-tempered mafia bosses.
Violence & Scariness
A gun is pulled on a child. Guns are pulled during a drug deal. A young boy uses a flamethrower on a shed that happens to be filled with fireworks. Implied violence at the hands of the mafia.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief shot of naked female breasts underwater. Frequent talk of sex. References to oral sex. A teen boy starts having sex and calls the girl by the wrong name. Talk of the different sizes of condoms. Implied masturbation involving a boy with a stuffed animal. A teen boy has an affair with an older woman.
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Frequent profanity, including "f--k" and its variations. "Bitch," "ass." Middle-finger gesture. Talk of oral sex. A teen boy lifeguard has an obvious erection after rescuing a young boy from drowning; this is referred to as a "kid boner."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Teens and adults drink and act drunk. One character buys marijuana; during the process, he snorts what he believes to be cocaine but is actually the powder from a pixie stick. Marijuana smoking. Talk of heroin and Adderall. Cigarette smoking. A character is drugged with brownies laced with a wide assortment of pills.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Staten Island Summer is a 2015 comedy featuring an all-star cast, including many SNL performers. That said, it's disappointing how unfunny and unoriginal this movie is; teens working as lifeguards want to have one last hurrah before going off to college or the "real world" and are on a quest to have sex, drink, and take drugs. A teen boy brags of having an affair with an older woman, who frequently appears in the movie drunk and scantily clad by the pool. A misadventure of a search for marijuana leads to a teen boy snorting what he believes to be cocaine; it's actually pixie-stick powder. This same teen later has sex with an identical twin girl and calls her by her wrong name. Adults are either corny parents, hot-tempered mafia bosses, creepy pool managers, stoned slackers, drug dealers posing as ice cream vendors, or drunk middle-aged women on the prowl for underage boys. A teen lifeguard rescues a drowning young kid and has a visible erection after the rescue, causing the boy's mother to berate him for having a "kid boner." Expect a brief shot of naked female breasts underwater, frequent talk of sex and references to oral sex, implied masturbation involving a boy with a stuffed animal, frequent profanity that includes "f--k" and its variations, and gun violence. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This could have been so much better than it is, but unfortunately, Staten Island Summer fails on every level. If you were to take Caddyshack, move it from a golf course in Florida to a public swimming pool in Staten Island, replace the hilarious characters with unfunny stereotypes, and force a "coming-of-age" narrative on top of the whole thing, you would begin to have an indication of what's happening here. With the talent on display here -- this movie is heavy with SNL cast members from today and the recent past -- it's surprising and disappointing how this movie fails to elicit a single laugh. The adults and kids are clichés, and all the talk of sex and drugs has been done so many times before (and so much better), it's hard to determine why this was even made.
Had they focused more on the coming-of-age aspects seemingly promised at the beginning of the movie, this could have been so much more than a shameless Caddyshack rip-off. There's even an exterminator (played by Fred Armisen) who goes after hornets in much the same way the exterminator in Caddyshack (played by Bill Murray) goes after a gopher.
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