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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The pursuit of money over everything else will cost you everything.
Positive Role Models
Characters are murderous at worst, opportunistic at best. A minor character, an investigator, is perseverant but also one-dimensional.
Primary characters (who behave in ways that definitely aren't admirable) are gay and bisexual. The film's one and only positive character depiction is an older Black man. White privilege is expressed through a couple of cruel racist, ableist cracks.
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Violence & Scariness
Several cold-blooded, premeditated murders. Stabbings with lots of blood. Fistfights that turn into kicking. Strangling. Physical attacks. Baseball bat to the head.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Story stems from pursuit of casual sex, phrased in very crude terms ("Dumpster diving for d--k"). Sexual terminology and sexual situations throughout. Sex is shown through quick cuts of sexual moments, mostly close-ups of faces. Partial nudity. Kissing. Woman wearing lingerie strikes suggestive poses. Male characters are shown shirtless and wearing very little, although there are no full shots of the front or backside. Sex toys. One briefly introduced character is a sex worker.
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Pervasive, extremely crass language to describe sexual situations ("c-m," "c--k," "d--k," "f--k", "p---y"). Other coarse language includes "a--hole," "bitch," "goddamned," "s--t." Slurs include "f--got" and "retarded." Racist and ableist jokes.
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Products & Purchases
Wealthy people live a lavish lifestyle. Their house and cars are luxurious and positioned as enviable.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Smoking and heavy drinking throughout, associated with living a glamorous lifestyle. Quick clips of drug use, including cocaine. Mention of heroin use with a negative reaction.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Estate is a wickedly dark comedy about entitlement without morality. Completely campy, with intentionally over-the-top characters, it's about two obscenely rich people who are so awful and complacent in their White privilege that they say whatever they're thinking and do whatever they want, knowing they'll never face consequences. It mines outrageous situations for laughs, and vulgar sexual dialogue is constant and explicit ("c-m," "c--k," "f--k," etc.). And it's not just talk: You can expect several sex scenes and situations. Viewers see the events largely through the eyes of a gay man named George (Chris Baker, who also wrote the screenplay), and the camera lingers on bare male abs and just about everything else except genitals. The plot hinges on murder: Scenes include blood-squirting stabbings, stranglings, and physical fighting. While the movie's message is clear -- the pursuit of money over everything else will cost you everything -- the story is too ludicrous for it to stick. Other language concerns include offensive slurs ("f--got," "retarded"); characters also drink, smoke, and use drugs (cocaine). 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 intentionally trashy satire of misplaced priorities among the wealthy strives to be a "so bad, it's good" cult classic. And there's enough here that is good that it's too bad that it is, in fact, ultimately so bad. For one thing, it's still far too rare to see a gay male lead whose romantic life and loneliness are central to the story. And Coupe is phenomenal as a vapid gold digger who's no "dumb blonde." She elevates every unfiltered word that comes out of Lux's mouth, so natural and believable as a wealthy widow wannabe that it feels like she must be typecast (she's not). Her performance is, frankly, the only thing that makes this raunchy comedy watchable -- every scene without her drags. But, hey, the lighting, typography, and graphics are great!
Despite good production values, at times The Estate feels gratuitous in the way it ogles male bodies. What's more, the plot isn't original and doesn't deliver a satisfying comeuppance. And, aside from Coupe, the cast is barely competent, Roberts included. This film knows what it is, though, and gets a kick out of itself. Good comedy swings upward -- laughing at the stupidly rich is pretty safe ground -- but this comedy is more lewd than shrewd, and definitely not for kids.
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