The Do-Over

Movie review by
Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
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Sandler tale has gory violence, sex, and nonstop profanity.
  • NR
  • 2016
  • 108 minutes

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 7 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Friendship is a positive thing. Good defeats evil.

Positive Role Models & Representations

No positive role models. Stereotypes included as objects of humorous derision: gays, woman, the elderly. Some ethnic diversity.


Gory violence intended to be funny. Gratuitous bloody injuries (blood comes from mouth). Gunplay with point-blank shootings in numerous sequences. Bloody corpses. Boat blows up. Fish pounded to death with club. Tongue-piercing on camera. Hit with pan in face. Fingers are broken. Motorcycle crash. Multiple car crashes, roll-overs, run-overs. Two women engage in a brutal physical struggle, exaggerated for comic effect. Hero is tortured with vise and electricity (in one instance crotch is electrified). Man is stabbed with fork; man's arm is impaled.


Extreme gross sexuality intended to be funny. Sex with vinyl doll. Dirty dancing. Threesome engaged in oral sex. Man simulates sex by sucking on his fingers. Skimpy clothing; bare breasts; bare bottom seen from behind; frontal nudity seen in photograph of dead man. Multiple references to penises, including one scene using sausages. Loud sexual activity is heard. Masturbation. Couple shown in bed post-intercourse. Passionate kissing and embracing in many sequences. A elderly woman with massive hanging breasts is on camera for an extended scene.


Nonstop obscenities from beginning to end. Countless uses of "f--k," "s--t," "ass," "d--k," "p---y," "balls." Other profanity: "whore," "bastard," "c--k," "vagina," "whack off," "pop cherry," "dildo," "old farts," "dial-a-boner," "screwed." Characters are threatened with many objects being "shoved up" the bottom. A character's nickname is "Maxi Pad."


Among the identifiable products mentioned or shown: Corona, Budweiser, Acer, Ritz-Carlton, Bud Light, Jolt, Super King Buffet, Jenga, Jameson, Ferrari, Ford.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Alcoholic beverages consumed in many scenes: beer, whiskey shots. Characters smoke marijuana in several sequences. Some drunkennessm and some people are stoned. Roofies mentioned.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Do-Over is the second direct-to-Netflix feature from Adam Sandler's Happy Madison Productions. It partners Sandler in a buddy adventure with his old SNL colleague David Spade. It's in the gross-out comedy genre, filled with profanity from start to finish. No scene is complete without at least a dozen obscenities, usually starting with "f--k," "balls," and "s--t" and covering every orifice and male appendage in the crudest form possible. A main character's nickname is "Maxi Pad," and that's about it for clever repartee. The violence, and there's plenty of it, is part of the film's "gross-out" intention. Characters are shot at in multiple sequences, often at point-blank range; some die. A hero is tortured with a vise and electric shocks; a man's arm is graphically impaled. Cars crash, a boat explodes, and photos of dead bodies (very bloody and, in one instance, with frontal nudity) are shown. Generally, the special-effects budget must have spiraled out of control with the blood and body count. Sex plays an important part in the story. Expect on-camera oral sex (in a threesome), obvious masturbation beneath blankets, bare breasts, sex with a vinyl doll, and one randy couple whose sexual machinations affect the story in multiple sequences. Disparaging comments and story elements degrade women, ridicule gay men, and parody the elderly (a scene with an old woman baring her faux gigantic hanging breasts is particularly appalling). Drinking and marijuana use is unrestrained, with some drunkenness and some characters stoned. For other than die-hard fans of such gross-out fare, this movie will have little appeal. Definitely not for kids.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byKathy Cronk August 13, 2019

Great movie for teens and pre-teens

This movie is funny, it has some language and sex but most if all this is movie is a great movie! I think all parents should watch it with there childers, but o... Continue reading
Adult Written byRobert321 April 27, 2019

Terrible movie

The gross and despicable content in this movie should never be portrayed to a public audience. If the creator thinks of this kind of stuff, he should keep it t... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old July 17, 2016

ok for teens I guess!

this movie is really gross you do see nudity, sex scenes and swearing alot.
don't let your child watch it.
Teen, 17 years old Written byblaaaaaaaa March 18, 2021

What's the story?

It's high school class reunion time for Max (Adam Sandler) and Charlie (David Spade), two BFFs from teen days past in THE DO-OVER. Charlie's in a terrible relationship and a professional rut, and emotionally he's still in high school. Max appears to be in dire straits as well. Wouldn't it be wonderful if they could "do it all over" again, starting from high school graduation? It isn't long before Max comes up with a plan to do just that. Taking Charlie out for a boat ride, a boat explosion, and a stint in a life raft, Max reveals that plan. He's brought new identities, a large cache of cash, and the opportunity of their stunted lifetimes. When Charlie reluctantly agrees, the two are on their way to Puerto Rico and the good life. That good life, however, is a very short one. Unfortunately, the identities belonged to two men who were running from and couldn't escape very evil villains. Now those villains are after Charlie and Max. The chase is on. Complicating the two friends' attempts to flee are the comely widow of one (Paula Patton) and a woman who appears to be a crazed ex-girlfriend of Max's. Not to mention there's a giant gunman, an intriguing stranger who seems to appear at will, and an array of bikers, sex-crazed women, and con artists. All these elements plus the possibility of a miraculous cure for cancer keep the two beleaguered heroes on the move, until ultimately they must take a stand and fight back. 

Is it any good?

If the obscenities and swearing don't get you, the ridiculous bloody mayhem might. And if that's not enough, watch out for the skankiest sexual jokes and crudest sexual behavior that an adolescent could concoct. No redeeming values here. The story is convoluted, ludicrous, and derivative; performances abysmal (and it's hard, very hard to make Kathryn Hahn look bad!). The gay jokes and characters are demeaning, as is the portrayal of an elderly woman (Renee Taylor, what were you thinking?). It's possible that the actors and the crew had a great time making this bomb. At least they got to visit some beautiful, warm climes when New York was coping with ice storms and freezing temperatures. You have to be in on the joke to get it, and the joke isn't funny anyway. To be avoided at all costs -- even for free if you're a Netflix subscriber.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the sheer volume of obscenities and racy language in this film. What is the purpose of the profanity in this particular story? Did it ever become tiresome and/or offensive? Why, or why not?

  • What audience did Adam Sandler and company intend to reach with this film? In what ways does this movie have value for that audience? For any audience?

  • Talk about stereotyping. Which stereotypes are present in this movie? Which made you laugh? Which did you find distasteful? Why?

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