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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.
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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?
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