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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The importance of mending a family rift. Learn to appreciate life. Understand that an alternative life might not be as perfect as you imagined. Crude and mean humor.
Positive Role Models
Joanie Taylor, aka Nan, is a rude older woman who is dismissive of almost everyone. She is glad her sister is dying following a decades-old rift, but they eventually mend their bond. Jamie is kind to his grandmother despite her being unkind to him. He encourages her to see her sister. Nell is Nan's sister. She was more popular with men growing up and took away Joanie's potential boyfriend. An animal rights activist kidnaps two characters and blows up a farm. A traffic cop pursues a vendetta.
The love interest is a person of color. Brief shots of London show a multicultural city. The movie laughs at gay people, anyone with a non-London accent, mental health, mental health charities, overweight people, depression, cross-dressing, political correctness, millennials, activists, traffic police, and more. A joke involves mistaking tyrant Robert Mugabe for British TV newsreader Trevor McDonald because they're both Black. Nan is shown to be jealous of her sister's life until she finds out that her sister married a man who cross-dressed.
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Violence & Scariness
Characters are kidnapped by an activist who has a bomb and blows up a farm. Animated car chase has police cars exploding; a police officer and a bike end up in the sea. Character slaps their sibling during a fight. Traffic officer hit with a car and slams into windshield.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Characters kiss. At a swingers party, a couple are seen having oral sex in the background. Naked buttocks rubbed on car windshield. Characters reference anal sex.
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Frequent strong language includes "bastard," "s--t," "arse," "f--k," and "f--king." An acronym on a bus spells "c--t", which is referred to many times but not said out loud. The British slang "knockers" is used when referring to breasts.
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Products & Purchases
Reference to some well-known brands of alcoholic drinks.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
During a drunken night out with a rugby team, a character accidentally takes Ecstasy, which they enjoy with no negative repercussions. A character is pressured into drinking alcohol. Characters drink in a pub. Characters smoke cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Nan Movie is a crass spin-off of British sketch comedy The Catherine Tate Show, featuring the deliberately offensive older woman character Nan (Catherine Tate). The movie has wall-to-wall potty humor, sex references, and very strong language. There are scenes of heavy drinking and one scene finds Nan taking Ecstasy, an experience she enjoys. Nan's grandson, Jamie (Mathew Horne), drives her to Ireland to see her dying sister. She tells her story of wartime heartbreak in between lame digs at gay people, mental health, mental health charities, overweight people, depression, cross-dressing, political correctness, millennials, activists, traffic cops, and more. An offensive gag is based around a well-known U.K. newsreader looking like Robert Mugabe, with the "likeness" simply being that they are both Black. The humor is more lazy than edgy, and the movie has no message other than a messy "the grass isn't always greener on the other side" ending. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Predictable, unfunny, and offensive, this spin-off from the British sketch show The Catherine Tate Show is a soul-sucking experience. The Nan Movie takes the show's deliberately rude character Nan -- played by Tate, who also co-wrote the script with Brett Goldstein -- and gives her 95 minutes to poke fun at everything from the LGBTQ+ community to mental health issues.
At the center of the story is a rift between Nan and her sister, Nell -- played by Parkinson -- caused by the latter marrying a man Nan was in love with. The doomed romance is played out in a serious of long flashback sequences that aim for sincerity but fall as flat as the attempted humor throughout the rest of the movie. The Nan Movie's references are tired and out of date, and being stuck in a car on this road trip with the pair rapping, singing, and shouting is torturous. For die-hard Nan fans only.
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