A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Promotes teamwork -- specifically, that your best partner may be the one you already have.
Positive Role Models
Main characters and their friends offer positive representations of underrepresented groups. Positive depiction of police, especially a smart, reasonable, Black female detective.
Violence & Scariness
Bicyclist hit by car repeatedly; some blood. Animal kicks a human. A couple of fights that include household items as weapons, threats of injury. Gunman shoots and kills several people (off-camera). Peril and fear.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lead characters unintentionally witness group sex: movements and nonsensitive body parts are seen. Conversations about sex. Woman shown in her bra while changing.
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"F--k" used often. Single uses of "a--hole" and "bitch."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
References to drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Lovebirds stars Issa Rae (Insecure, The Photograph) and Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick, Silicon Valley) as a couple who unwittingly become involved in a hit-and-run murder just moments after they break up. They "meet cute" the morning after they had casual sex, and there are a couple of other discussions about sex. More significant, though, is that they witness an orgy ritual (à la Eyes Wide Shut), which is played for laughs. Glimpses of clearly naked bodies and sexual motions are shown, but no sensitive body parts are actually seen. Violence is also prevalent, including several murders -- one of which involves someone gunning down a room full of people. A lot of the violence is slapstick in tone. There are references to drinking, and language is mostly limited to "f--k," but that word is used quite often. The movie has a strong theme of teamwork, and the main characters and their friends offer positive examples of underrepresented groups. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Cinema loves its bickering couples, and Rae and Nanjiani have the chemistry to rank among the greats (Hepburn and Tracy, Scarlett and Rhett, Leia and Han). That may seem like a bold statement, but it's true. (Nanjiani's work in The Big Sick was early indication that he could crush it as a romcom-leading everyman -- terrain that was well covered by Tom Hanks in his earlier days.) What's obvious is that, despite their dysfunction, the two main characters have a way of communicating that shows how perfect they are for each other. That's a different dynamic than we've seen in the past. Think of Lucy and Ricky: He laid down the law, and she snuck around his orders. And then there's the cliché of a strong, opinionated man who's held in check by his wife because she clearly "wears the pants." No one holds "the power" in The Lovebirds' relationship: Both Leilani and Jibran feel empowered to speak their mind and communicate, even after they're no longer a couple.
The idea of a couple being implicated in a crime moments after they break up is funny, and you will definitely laugh. Still, how these two fall into their misfortune is a little ridiculous, even for a comedy. But it plays into the modern mistrust of the police: They believe that, as a Middle Eastern man and a Black woman, they'll be thrown in jail even though they didn't commit the crime. When they get a hard stare from a cop in a police cruiser, they're sure the jig is up -- until he keeps driving ("Whew! He's just a regular racist"). The film uses race as a comical acknowledgment of our current world, while growing beyond race to depict the two main characters and their friends positively. The result of Leilani and Jibran's racial profiling paranoia is something that's never been seen before: a mainstream mystery-solving movie couple who isn't White. In a Hollywood that for the last century has almost always given audiences crime-solving romantic partners who look like William Powell and Myrna Loy (The Thin Man), Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers ('80s TV series Hart to Hart), or even Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston (Murder Mystery), let's hope that "lovebirds" Leilani and Jibran can continue to nest together for years to come.
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