A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
You don't need to have money or good taste to enjoy a good life and a loving family.
Positive Role Models
Kenny loves his family, struggles to support them in the style he'd like to see them live. He's kind, generous, accommodating to everyone. Kirby has lived for his own pleasure, ignoring his adult children's lives, and isn't as close to them as he would like. He sees the errors of his ways, tries to make up for it. Family members behave selfishly, camping out too long in their host's home, failing to pitch in.
Violence & Scariness
Violence is played for laughs. An aged double amputee is thrown into a pit of squishy cubes and sinks out of sight, triggering a fatal stroke. A brief reference is made to a wife beating her husband. A fire breaks out during a wedding, forcing the guests to evacuate. One takes a floral centerpiece with her as she leaves.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sarah's drunk friend throws herself at a hapless neighbor and they fall into bed (clothed) later. Strippers (in bikinis) entertain on trampolines at a bachelor party. Sarah's friends throw her a bachelorette party featuring party favors in the shape of penises, including Dickorice, TipStick, and penis whistles. A surgeon makes a small-penis joke about an unconscious patient on the operating table. A man describes "whacking off" into a vacuum cleaner hose and Bisquik mix in his youth.
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Language includes "f--k," "s--t," "ass," and "t-ts."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A teenager is just out of rehab and worried that he'll encounter triggers for his addiction. Adults drink alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Week Of looks at the obstacles -- financial and otherwise -- a devoted dad negotiates as he struggles to put on an affordable wedding for his adored daughter. The story, written by Adam Sandler and director Robert Smigel, focuses on the importance of love for family over wealth and success. It's all peppered with raunchy humor that includes a running joke featuring an elderly double amputee who needs help going to the bathroom, as well as strippers on trampolines and a bachelorette party with penis party favors. A youth just out of rehab struggles with triggers for his addiction. A brief reference is made to a wife beating her husband. A fire breaks out during a wedding, forcing the guests to evacuate. Adults drink alcohol, and language includes "f--k," "s--t," "ass," and "t-ts." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The first eight minutes of this movie are filled with overacting, bad writing, and stereotypical characters and situations, forcing one to wonder how such a thing ever got made. The answer? Co-writer and star Sandler has a four-picture deal with Netflix, and this is item number four on the countdown to contract fulfillment. Sandler reportedly so much enjoyed the experience of making movies that didn't have to generate ticket sales that he re-upped for another four with the streaming service.
Sandler delivers many of his lines in an exaggerated New York accent, at a high-pitched squawk reminiscent of Gilbert Gottfried. Many moments in The Week Of are clever rather than funny: A man looks under the door of a restroom stall, sees no legs and wants to go in, unaware it's occupied by a legless man, and Steve Buscemi nibbles from a Toblerone bar as big as a go-kart. Here's hoping Sandler, Rock, and the rest of the cast and crew had a good time while making this, because it's doubtful anyone seeing it will.
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