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The Ridiculous 6
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Ridiculous 6 is a Netflix original movie and a terrible gross-out comedy. When it isn't dwelling on slapstick violence (a beheading, hordes of bugs crawling over the face of a man buried up to his neck, an ax in a crotch) or gunfights, knife fights, and fistfights, the film is reaching down to the lowest depths for humor (a donkey spraying poop everywhere, fun made of handicaps and the mentally disabled, gang rape being threatened). Stereotyping meant as humor is consistently lowbrow; Native Americans, Mexicans, and women are all ridiculed. Language moves from cursing to ethnic slurs to toilet humor and then on to debasing sexual jokes and innuendo. A legion of "Friends of Adam Sandler" have signed on for this debacle. It's pretty clear that Steve Buscemi, Harvey Keitel, John Turturro, Blake Shelton, Jon Lovitz, and other celebrities came onto the set, worked a day or two, and, hopefully, never knew what the movie was really going to look like. Why else would they have participated?
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What's the story?
THE RIDICULOUS 6 tells the story of "White Knife," aka Tommy (Adam Sandler), a white man who was orphaned and then raised by a village of peace-loving Apaches. When a man appears, claiming to be White Knife's biological father, Frank Stockburn (Nick Nolte), and is then kidnapped by a gang of outlaws, the young hero feels obliged to save his errant dad. But first, White Knife has to find a way to get the $50,000 dollars the gang says Frank owes them. Leaving his Apache sweetheart behind, this dutiful son sets off to rob villains -- only of enough money to pay his father's debt. Along the way he meets five more men who, by sheer happenstance, are also sons of Frank Stockburn, all by different mothers. These new "half-brothers" make up a motley band of six misfits as they join White Knife on his quest. Their journey takes them through wild country and a series of dangerous encounters with hooligans, bandits, and evil power brokers. They find and lose a fortune, face death time and again, and must ultimately find the skill and courage to prevail against all odds.
Is it any good?
There's simply nothing to recommend about this movie, an equal-opportunity offender that makes fun of women and ethnic minorities and attempts to find much of its humor in toilets and genitalia. The actors chew the scenery. The swaggering slapstick action is exaggerated and poorly executed. The insults and sexual jokes are relentless. Even scenes that are funny -- and a sequence in which Abner Doubleday (John Turturro) invents baseball is truly canny and hilarious -- go on too long. Never have so many solid performers gotten together to create such a senseless, tasteless disaster.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the differences between funny comic stereotypes and offensive comic stereotypes. In which category do the ethnic groups in this movie belong, and why?
After lots of criticism, some of those involved in the production of Ridiculous 6 claim that because the word "ridiculous" is in the title, any offensiveness should be excused because the film is expected to be "ridiculous." Do you agree or disagree with this point of view? Why, or why not?"
"Gross-out comedy" is a relatively new term for a subgenre of comedy. The description means "tasteless" and/or "disgusting." Which audiences do you think find gross-out comedy appealing?
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