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Parents' Guide to

The Man from Toronto

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Stale Hart/Harrelson action/buddy comedy; violence, cursing.

Movie PG-13 2023 112 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 13+

Great for families with tweens

Fun movie, great for tweens. You definitely have to be ok with language- especially ‘sh*t’. There is one moment with a box of “goodies”, including a weird eggplant-looking dildo(?) and some lube, but my kids had no idea what they were looking at, so it made zero difference. The movie has violence and lots of action, but not much gore. I’d say that if your kids have seen the Marvel movies & you’re ok with more language, you’re good to go. Hart and Harrelson are hilarious!
age 14+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
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There are hundreds of mismatched-buddy comedies, and this minor variation on the formula brings nothing fresh to the genre. It's stale, annoyingly busy, and altogether unfunny. In The Man from Toronto, Hart plays his usual character, the same one he's played in a handful of blandly similar movies (Ride Along, Get Hard, Central Intelligence, etc.) -- a yappy fast-talker with more ego than ability. The opening moments, with Teddy demonstrating his useless workout equipment, then taking a beating from it as it fails, is already exhausting. Harrelson doesn't fare much better; he's played this kind of stoic tough guy before, too (most memorably -- and more hilariously -- in Zombieland).

Neither actor seems particularly challenged here, and there's a lot of going through the motions. Perhaps worse than the movie's lack of humor is the fact that it seems intent on diving into its needlessly complex plot, which involves enemy agents, a severed thumb, trips to Puerto Rico and Miami, the presidency of Venezuela, and a whole bunch of choppy, shaky action cinematography. It's impossible to care about any of this stuff. The only reason to see The Man from Toronto would be to laugh and find an emotional connection between the two leads as their aggravation inevitably turns to friendship. But either the movie doesn't realize this simple idea, or it doesn't care.

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