Parents' Guide to

The Breaker Upperers

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Outrageous buddy comedy has swearing, sex, drug use.

Movie NR 2019 82 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 16+

Funny, But Rating Is What's On The Tin...

Netflix lists this movie as rated "Mature" and categorizes it as a "Late Night Comedy," which means there is sexual/mature content... The intended audience is people in their late twenties to early forties based on a lot of the jokes and references, but I believe there is a lot of great humor for people from all generations beyond just 80's-90's kids. There's a brief scene at a bachelorette/hen party, including penis hats. References to sex between a woman in her 30's/40's and a 17-year-old. The two main characters put on a (very tame) strip show for another woman. There is definitely a lot of swearing and creative sexual innuendo/jokes. Despite all of the sex jokes/situations, people generally keep their underwear on. There are several drug references (cocaine and marijuana) and lots of drinking. I think of this movie as a New Zealand "Bridesmaids." The plot is different, but the humor is in the same vein and one of the main characters looks a lot like Kristen Wiig. It's definitely not a movie that's for everybody, as it has a specific and very Kiwi sense of humor. Personally, I found it hilarious, but, in my opinion, the funniest parts are in the Netflix trailer.
age 18+

y i k e s

I was SHOCKED by the presence of sex in this movie. My family wanted a fun lighthearted Netflix movie and were taken aback when within about 15 minutes, main characters were having sex. I don't doubt its production value, but the movie centers around poor behaviors and therefore lacks much of a storyline.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

With a profusion of dazzling comic actors in tow, a smartly bizarre premise to launch their unique brand of buddy comedy, and lots of talent, Madeleine Sami and Jackie van Beek make a terrific debut. Writing, directing, and starring in The Breaker Upperers, the two women make their Kiwi sense of humor accessible for everyone. Each of the distinctive performers seems to be having great fun, and it's contagious. Special applause to Ana Scotney for an the unforgettable Sepa. It's raunchy. It's over the top. But everyone plays it for real, so it isn't campy, it's just funny.

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