A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Greed and selfishness don't pay off. People often see through fakeness and manipulation. However, all these traits are heavily on show in the film.
Positive Role Models
Most of the characters are greedy and selfish, going to increasingly extreme lengths to fool their aunt into thinking they care so they can benefit from her will. They even plan to reunite her with an ex who has a history of exposing himself to people, and place a younger sibling in a position of "bait." Macey occasionally shows signs of a conscience and regret, but ultimately joins the others in order to save her failing business.
Majority of characters are White. The one Black character is in a supporting role as a boyfriend and the object of ridicule due to his sensitivity and tendency to cry. A character has cancer and has some physical vulnerability because of it, but shows psychological strength and savviness.
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Violence & Scariness
Brief physical fight in the opening animation. A live-action fight where characters are hit with a walking stick and a gun is fired but does not injure anyone. Mention of throwing coffee in someone's face and kicking them "in the balls." A character has cancer and has a fit involving foaming from the mouth. Some medical equipment is shown. A character dies on-screen and a funeral follows.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Opening animation shows pinching of a backside. Sex workers, porn, and STDs mentioned. Jokes are based around a character who has a history of exposing themselves. Sex-related puns around the name "Dick." Characters go on a mission to get another character "laid." A sleeping character's pants are unzipped without permission and their genitals exposed.
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Frequent strong language includes "c--t," "f---ing," "f--k," "f--kboy," "s--t," "shat," "s--thole," "dips--t," "ass," "a--hole," "bitch," and "whore," as well as "goddamn," "t-ts," "balls," "d--k," "freak," and the middle finger gesture. "Jesus" is used as an exclamation.
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Products & Purchases
Dungeons & Dragons mentioned frequently.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Brief shot of taking cocaine. Characters drink wine and spirits to the point that a character is inebriated. Morphine taken in a medical context.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Estate is an adult comedy with strong language throughout and sexual and risqué humor. The plot focuses on a group of cousins -- including sisters Savanna (Anna Faris) and Macey (Toni Collette) -- competing for the inheritance of a terminally ill aunt played by Kathleen Turner. Cancer is mentioned and a character has a fit and later dies on-screen. Jokes are made in poor taste about a man with a history of exposing himself, including a young adult being used as "bait" to catch him in the act. The film includes sexual references and exposed male genitals. The language is strong and frequent, and includes words such as "c--t" and "f--k." Alcohol is consumed to the point of inebriation on one occasion and there is a brief shot of a character taking cocaine. A fight includes a gun being fired, though nobody is hurt. The movie relies on inappropriateness and bad behavior for its humor, which may appeal to some, but it is very much aimed at older teens and adults. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Even the all-star cast struggles to keep the humor alive in this sweary family comedy centered around unlikable characters and bad behavior. A few moments land, but The Estate suffers from a lack of warmth and intelligence beyond jokes that may seem daring to some but low-brow poor taste to others.
At the center of the family battle, Turner is as charismatic and watchable as ever. But Oscar-nominee Collette is let down by a part that lacks complexity or depth. Faris, David Duchovny, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Ron Livingston all show up and do their thing, but that thing quickly becomes tiresome. While the humor may proudly cross lines, it never does so with much originality, leaving the plot to tread heavily toward its inevitable conclusion.
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