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The 41-Year-Old Virgin Who Knocked Up Sarah Marshall and Felt Superbad About It
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this straight-to-DVD parody of several Judd Apatow comedies (and a few other films) lacks the heart at the center of those popular feature films; it's replaced by loads of raunchy adult content. Graphic sexual situations and references are a constant (and include "jokes" about rape and child molestation), and the big swear words are in abundance. Teens drink and use drugs, and characters abuse alcohol and drugs. There is some gun and weapon violence.
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What's the story?
Andy (Bryan Callen) is a 41-year-old virgin. His friends discover his secret and set out to help him have sex. He meets Kim (Noureen DeWulf), and they make a connection, but she suddenly gets a job offer in Hawaii. He also meets Sarah (Mircea Monroe), who seems ready to have sex with him, but one of his friends, "Blaqguy" (Marque Richardson II), who has "Benjamin Button" disease, beats him to it and impregnates her. She thinks it was Andy's fault and runs away to Hawaii. He follows her, but finds Kim there and must decide between the two girls. Meanwhile, Andy's roommates are on a "Superbad" adventure of their own, which involves beer, cops, gang fights, and other types of debauchery.
Is it any good?
This movie totally fails as a spoof of the Judd Apatow movies, because it fails to comment upon them in any way. It merely re-creates a few of their most famous scenes, with new "punchlines," often involving sexual images or throwing around a few "f" bombs. Likewise, the Apatow movies employed humor based in human emotions, but here the humor is all shock-related. It just tries to see how naughty it can be.
Of course, it's possible for movies to be naughty and good at the same time -- the Apatow movies, for example -- but this movie is mainly insulting, unfunny, vile, and irritating. There's no joy in its bad behavior... just badness.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the idea of a "parody" or a "spoof." What makes a parody or a spoof work? Does this one work? What does it have to say about the original films?
The humor in this film is the "shock" type, which is designed to make you laugh by catching you off guard. Did it work? If so, how? Do you remember what was funniest, if anything?
Was the sexy stuff in the movie appealing, or disgusting? Why?
Characters drink a lot in this movie, and it makes them do stupid things. Do you think the movie advocates drinking or is against it?
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