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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Package, a comedy about a young man who accidentally cuts off his penis while drunk, isn't for kids. Three friends and his sister must then "reunite" the body part with its rightful owner. They face escalating challenges to the task at hand. Language is continuously raunchy: "f--k," "s--t," "d--k," "balls," "boner," and more. Sexual conversation and gross-out jokes, both visual and spoken, refer to sex, drinking, and drugs. The dismembered penis is on screen frequently and incurs all manner of (comic) damage. A significant "ewww" factor is often present. Female breasts appear in a close-up on a television screen. Viewers can expect comic violence as well. Characters are chased, fall, get hit in the head, and must fight for their lives against both a raging store clerk and an unhinged woman. Only suited for "mature" fans of preposterous, bawdy humor.
What's the story?
Three BFFs are excited about a camping trip in THE PACKAGE. Sean (Daniel Doheny) is in town on spring break from school in Germany. Donnie (Luke Spencer Roberts) is looking forward to partying hard. Jeremy (Eduardo Franco) surprises his friends when he reveals that because of an "order" from his parents, his twin sister, Becky (Geraldine Viswanathan), and her friend Sarah (Sadie Calvano) will be joining them. As the five settle in at their Pacific Northwest campsite, far from civilization, the drinking begins in earnest. It's all fun until Jeremy screams in pain while urinating a short distance from the campfire. Everyone is stunned to discover that Jeremy has accidentally cut off his penis while playing with his knife! What's more, the penis is lost in the woods! Bleeding and hysterical, he begs his friends for help. Their quest to save both Jeremy and the penis begins! And what a quest it is. The adventure finds them dealing with lost phones, a medevac helicopter, mistaken identity, a venomous snake, a demented woman with scissors, a maniacal store clerk with a bow and arrow, and a bit of romance for good measure. It's a race against time, with the precious "package" in new danger around every corner.
Is it any good?
This comedy has no peers when it comes to exploring uncharted dimensions of phallic humor and crudity. Just when it seems it can't get any raunchier or outrageous -- or funnier -- it does. The Package is too long. However, when there are 40 minutes to go and the viewer can't imagine that anything else could happen to the beleaguered crew and the "precious cargo," there is another sillier, more vulgar challenge that must be met. Performances are exuberant and engaging, and the five young actors at the film's center give it their all, particularly Daniel Doheny and Eduardo Franco, whose courage as actors knows no bounds. It's surely not for kids, or for the squeamish, but for folks who don't mind having a literal penis in their face for more than 90 minutes, it's solid gold.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how the female characters are portrayed in The Package. How do the filmmakers show that Becky and Sarah are as brave, determined, and competent as their male counterparts?
Though there's lots of violence in the movie, none of it is meant to be taken seriously. How do the director and his team let the audience know that all of the action is intended as comic? How is this film a good example of the term "slapstick"?
Who do you think is the intended audience for this movie? Why?
For fans, The Package may contain several memorable moments. Which scenes might be unforgettable for viewers? Why?
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