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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.
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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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