A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this raunchy teen sex comedy (whose producers include some of the folks behind popular website Funny or Die) is about four high school friends who agree to smoke pot in a special bong each time one of them loses his virginity. The bulk of the movie follows the final member of the group as he tries and fails time and again (his friends document his failures on video and post the results to YouTube ... which leads to issues with viral videos and cyberbullying). The movie is full of crass sexual talk and content (including Internet images of a porn star having sex, other partial nudity, and implied oral sex), as well as plenty of strong language (with many uses of "f--k" and "s--t") and frequent teen drinking -- all without consequence. Much of the humor is cruel, and it sometimes objectifies women.
What's the story?
When they get to high school, four friends -- Matt (Matt Bennett), Zack (Zack Pearlman), Jacob (Jacob Davich), and Justin (Justin Kline) -- agree to smoke pot from a special bong each time one of them loses his virginity. After a year, the first three have made it -- only Matt remains. Matt and his girlfriend, Nicole (Nicole Weaver), have been dating for two years and are waiting for the right time -- the night of their second anniversary. Then Matt finds out that Nicole may have had sex at a frat party and cheated on him. This leads him and his friends on quest for another girl, ranging from a 25-year-old who requires him to buy an expensive suit to Matt's favorite porn star, Sunny Leone. Can Matt finally lose his virginity, or is love more important?
Is it any good?
Will Ferrell and Adam McKay produced this junky-looking movie made by and for the YouTube generation. Shot entirely on small cameras and phones, the movie has nothing new to add to the well-worn teen sex comedy genre; just about everything in it has already been done. It's less than unfunny -- it's dull.
The characters come across as vaguely spoiled and somewhat annoying, and the "hero," Matt, is more pathetic than he is a comical sad sack. For some reason, the movie throws in subplots about his mother dying of cancer and his father battling drug addiction, which make him even less funny. Some of the main female characters have spunk, but for the most part the movie's attitude toward women is somewhat disrespectful, and much of the humor is simply cruel. Perhaps if it had been a 90-second YouTube video, it might be more worth the time (and money).
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what the movie is saying about sex. Is it better to wait to have sex with someone you're in love with? Parents: Talk to your kids about your own family's values when it comes to sex and relationships.
The teens in this movie drink a lot and smoke lots of pot. How does the movie portray this kind of behavior? What kind of consequences can it have in reali life?
What messages does the movie send about online privacy and responsbility? How does Matt end up being cyberbullied? Could he have done anything to prevent it? What steps should kids take to stay safe online?
Does this movie objectify women or show them as stereotypes?
- In theaters: September 10, 2010
- On DVD or streaming: January 18, 2011
- Cast: Matt Bennett, Nicole Weaver, Zack Pearlman
- Directors: Andrew Gurland, Huck Botko
- Studio: Columbia Pictures
- Genre: Comedy
- Run time: 86 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: strong crude and sexual content, nudity, pervasive language, drug and alcohol use
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