The Wrong Missy

Movie review by
Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
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Raunchy, slapstick romcom with sex, language, drinking.
  • NR
  • 2020
  • 90 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 17+
Based on 7 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

No positive messages.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters make poor choices, drink to excess, swear, use drugs, and behave deplorably.


Slapstick action (no injuries): falls (out of a window, over a cliff, out of bed), a shark attacks a cage with two men inside. A borderline rape attempt (woman aggressor).


Comic sexual content: multiple sexual encounters that end in disaster, a slapstick "threesome," discussions and jokes about masturbation, exaggerated sexual moves, phone sex, and sexual pictures. One love scene with kissing and foreplay.


Extensive profanity and gross-out conversations, including "f--k," "s--t," "d--k," "pubes," "testicles," "a--holes."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Pervasive use of alcohol, drunkenness. Marijuana is used.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Wrong Missy is a comedy in the "mistaken identity" genre. Because there are two women named Missy entered in his phone contacts, a businessman invites the wrong one to a fancy corporate retreat in Hawaii. Chaos, sexual antics, and alcoholic binges follow. A few farcical action sequences occur with no injuries, including falls (such as a plummet from an oceanside cliff) and two caged men ferociously attacked by a shark. There are sexual conversations and profanity ("f--k," "s--t," "a--holes," "d--k," "pissing"), and gross-out jokes about masturbation, "wieners," "testicles/nuts," and "sex pics" are in abundance. Sexual activity is mostly comic in nature, with aborted encounters in a supply room, on an airplane, and with a "threesome" in a hotel room. A meant-to-be-funny scene, during which an aggressive female is the predator, is just short of a rape attempt. Adults drink alcohol in numerous party sequences, sometimes resulting in drunkenness. Marijuana is used. Vomiting is a featured story element. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymegakiller-06 October 20, 2020

The Best comedy movie ever!!

Its the best movie I've ever seen.. I suggest this movie for kids under 12 years old because It has too much Jokes and a little $ex...But its a great movie...
Adult Written byKiwiInIreland May 24, 2020

Not for my kids!

Won’t be letting my 16 year old watch this. Lots of really inappropriate suggested sexual scenes, such as masturbating, threesomes, sex with anyone anytime. Bea... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written bymypointofveiw June 13, 2020


we saw this movie and just the start itself had inapropiate things such as a nife and sex its really boring too just this guy that can't find the girl he w... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byCe33 Gaming May 19, 2020


Lots of sex. Rude. Not for kids but good for adults

What's the story?

Tim Morris (David Spade) is trying to get over being dumped by his fiancée in THE WRONG MISSY. Reluctantly, he agrees to a blind date set up by his grandmother. Missy (Lauren Lapkus) turns out to be everyone's nightmare first date. She's loud, gratingly unfunny, prying, and erratic; her idea of a good time is setting Tim up for a bar fight. The horrific date can't be over soon enough. A few months later, Tim meets another Missy: this time, a classic beauty with smarts and a great personality. There's an immediate spark, and soon afterward, opportunity strikes. An important corporate weekend in Hawaii is planned, where Tim, up for the promotion of a lifetime, is desperate to impress the firm's CEO. It couldn't hurt for him to have such a spectacular woman on his arm, plus he's more than eager to spend a weekend with this new Missy. He texts an invitation; she accepts. Oops. Wrong number. Nightmare Missy appears on the plane to join him. And it's all downhill from there.

Is it any good?

If seeing David Spade as a romantic lead (without his usual snark, he's just dull) and watching an unhinged female wreak havoc relentlessly are high on a viewer's bucket list, this movie is perfect. It's a free-for-all of tasteless, offensive jokes and sight gags, produced by Adam Sandler's Happy Gilmore Productions. Even though Sandler isn't in the cast of The Wrong Missy, his juvenile comic sensibility is evident. It's another of the "turn-them-out-like-sausage" productions he's made for Netflix. There are, to be fair, at least a few authentically funny moments. And Lauren Lapkus' over-the-top, crazed performance delivers some laughs in spite of her crassness. Unfortunately, the rest of the movie is simply a waste of time.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of gross-out behavior, excessive profanity, and drunk characters in comedies. For what audience(s) do you think The Wrong Missy is intended? When, if ever, does such behavior cross boundaries for you? How much is too much?

  • How does this movie fit into the emerging class of "slob versus snob" films? How does that theme reflect our contemporary culture? Why do you think that "slobs" usually turn out to be heroic? Name some other movies you've seen of this type. 

  • What surprised you about this film? What does it mean when a movie is predictable? When did you realize who would show up on the plane to meet Tim? When did you figure out how the movie would end? 

Movie details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love romcoms

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