A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Many racial stereotypes are played into for comic effect that just falls short.
Positive Role Models
Nothing great here for you or your child.
Violence & Scariness
Comic violence, gun.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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Some strong language and double entendres.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Marijuana, alcohol. Lots of drug humor.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie is filled with drug humor. Marijuana use, including driving while high, is portrayed as endearing and cute, even empowering. Characters drink and smoke. Characters use strong language and double entendres. There are other sexual references, including a character who has had many children out of wedlock with different fathers and some crude talk about the anatomy of a man's wife. There is also some mild violence, including a gun that's used threateningly but is never fired. Racial prejudice is a theme of the movie. While it deserves credit for raising some issues of prejudice within the African-American community, it unfortunately also exploits and perpetuates the stereotypes it tries to expose, including an over-the-top portrayal of gay characters. A character wears a dress that she plans to return, a form of theft. 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 movie's own willingness to exploit the most blatantly bigoted stereotypes for the cheapest possible humor is so disappointing. And it's too bad that a fresh, smart, and courageous look at the conflictions African-Americans feel about racist stereotypes, that sometimes feel more real to them than they would like to admit, gets lost in a tired and lazy script littered with jokes about poop, dope, and clueless white folks. The movie's willingness to poke fun at black-on-black bigotry provides its few sharp moments, even more welcome because it is the only humor that is understated, the point powerful enough that it does not have to be amplified.
The African American characters are just as likely to assume the worst stereotypes about each other as the other characters are to feel about them. The security guard (Queen Latifah, who also produced the film) may be African American, but she is just as bigoted as the residents are. When she sees Todd and his agent together, she assumes Todd is mugging him. We even see a glimpse of sheepish embarrassment and confusion from characters who are educated and financially successful about relatives who conform to stereotypes.
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