A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Couples who love each other can get past their differences, and marriage is about love as well as compromise. Creating a fulfilling life can look different for different people. Family can fill a person's life.
Positive Role Models
Mani and Lex seem normal compared with Lex's friends, who are mostly pretentious and self-interested. Some adults are dishonest with themselves, pretending to hold values that they don't actually live by. This is all played for comedy.
The cast is diverse, including White, Black, Southeast Asian/Indian, and Mexican actors. Two characters are lesbians. The majority of the film is set at a small resort in Mexico, where some locals speak Spanish. A group of local musicians discusses playing "White people music" ("La Cucaracha") when a group of tourists arrives. Likewise, a Black character's mother suggests certain behaviors are a "White people thing" (she later admits she's done the same thing).
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Violence & Scariness
A woman drops a baby on the ground and the child is rushed to a hospital; she's fine but has to wear a helmet for three months. Characters watch scenes from movies and shows involving guns and terrorists. A woman brings a gun to Mexico; she threatens to hurt another woman and eventually punches her. Someone reads a hotel review that talks about people "finding a body." A woman suggests she wanted to "disappear forever" in the ocean. Another person suggests having a baby is like committing suicide in that both are things you "can't undo."
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
People are seen and heard having sex under covers and behind curtains, but the only intimate body part shown are two women's bottoms. A teenager watches porn (seen and heard), runs a sex and masturbation-oriented online show called "no wank," and says his family is "sex positive." Almost all of the characters have had prior relationships with the main character and talk about having sex with her. Other sex talk gets raunchy, including "eating ass," "f--k me daddy," "take all that d--k, girl," "suck it," "circle jerk," getting hard, smelly vaginas, wiping crotches, and intimacy problems. A scene shows a woman giving birth in a baby pool (we only see her from the waist up).
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Uses of "f--k," "s--t," lots of sex talk, and some swear words in Spanish.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink, get drunk, smoke joints, sniff cocaine, and "micro-dose." People appear intoxicated.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Drop is a comedy with drug consumption, a lot of sex talk, and plenty of strong language (uses of "f--k," "s--t," and some swear words in Spanish). A teen character is portrayed as a pervert who watches porn, constantly talks with grown women about sex, and hosts a sex and masturbation-oriented online show. Characters drink, get drunk, smoke joints, sniff cocaine, and "micro-dose." People are seen (under blankets and behind curtains) and heard having sex, and the sex talk gets raunchy and explicit. Female bottoms are shown. A woman drops a baby on the pavement (the baby is okay) and suggests she contemplated suicide; another woman threatens her and eventually punches her. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
There are so many funny and oddball moments in this ensemble comedy produced by the Duplass brothers that you almost forget it hardly has a story. The meandering plot can go largely unnoticed thanks to The Drop's collection of comedic actors, each offering his or her own uniquely bizarre caricature. You definitely empathize with Mani's boiling annoyance with them. He escapes for a night, where he forges a deep (for him) connection with a Mexican family based entirely around a linguistic misunderstanding.
But just when the characters go a little too far (the men's distasteful conversation on the boat, the pervy teen, and so on), they reign the shenanigans in and end on the love stories. There are more serious themes to be found here about love, starting a family, and maintaining a happy marriage. But mostly there's just exaggerated LA types misbehaving in the name of self-improvement and community-building. The actors appear to be having a blast. An uber-melodramatic score set to crashing ocean waves is the pièce de résistance.
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