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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Family is the most important thing. Everything is going to be okay in the end, and if it isn't okay, it isn't the end.
Positive Role Models
A series of wealthy family members band together in a plot to find treasure and fulfill a loved one's dying wish. During the current scenes, trans and gay people are embraced and accepted without remark. Unaccepting attitudes of decades ago are featured in flashbacks to demonstrate how far society has come.
Violence & Scariness
Most of the violence is played for comedy. Someone was murdered because he didn't conform to social norms, and the murderer's identity was hidden. Someone falls through a skylight but isn't injured. People crash a party and run from security guards. One is captured and put in a locked basement. Someone recounts killing the love of his life because when they were young they couldn't live as openly gay.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A couple is seen briefly from above having sex, the nude male lying on top of and covering the woman beneath him. A young man tells his mother that he plans to lose his virginity that night. A gay man confesses that his love for another gay man resulted in violence. A waiter is knocked out and stripped of his outer clothes, leaving someone to note, "He's got a stiffie." Someone points out a "glory hole" cut into a closet door, designed to allow anonymous sex. A young man and woman begin to have sex until they realize that his mother is hiding under the bed. A character is said to have a soft-core porn addiction.
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"F--k," "s--t," "d--k," 'damn," "bitch," "popping my cherry," "glory hole," and "slut."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A character has drug and alcohol problems and is recently out of rehab. Adults drink alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that House of Flowers: The Movie derives from a popular 2018 Mexican TV series of the same name (La Casa de las Flores) created for Netflix. The highly-stylized approach is designed to send up the format of the popular Spanish-language telenovela soap operas, but is steeped in that genre's conventions, making it at times indistinguishable from what it's parodying. Class, wealth, race, sex, drugs, violence, infidelity, and LGBTQ+ issues are fodder for jokes and comic plot points. Language includes "f--k," "s--t," "d--k," 'damn," "bitch," "popping my cherry," "glory hole," and "slut." Characters drink alcohol. A youth has been in and out of rehab and is said to have a soft-core porn addiction. A groom has sex with another woman during his wedding reception and is seen naked from behind. Avenging an old unsolved murder triggers a plot. Someone is beaten and killed. Someone falls through a skylight. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
It seems a good bet that unless you've seen and enjoyed the Mexican Netflix television series on which this is based, House of Flowers: The Movie will be nearly unwatchable. Written accounts tag this as a gift from the director and cast to the defunct TV shows' adoring worldwide fans. Anyone not steeped in the minutiae of the phenomenon will be overwhelmed by a flood of characters, and to comprehend the action their names and relationships to each other must be identified, understood, and remembered. The cast strains to achieve over-the-top performances in this farcical, painfully-inept plot, a plot so self mocking that the ineptitude could only be deliberate. But deliberate is not the same as good. Drug problems are a joke, murder is a joke, adultery is a joke. All are subjects that make this fare most suitable for teens, but only teens with a lot of patience.
Allegedly designed in its first seasons to satirize the telenovela style of overwrought soap opera, it's now a parody itself, a time-release capsule of overused ideas, doled out indecipherably. Someone asks, "Why do rich people in Mexico have the worst taste?" a question that, even if true, hardly represents groundbreaking social thought. SNL did genre parodies 40 years ago, and movies, including Airplane!, Young Frankenstein, The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad, and This is Spinal Tap. Those and others made genre-mocking a mainstream guilty pleasure. With nothing new to offer, there's no pleasure, guilty or otherwise, here.
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