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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Movie confronts stereotypes, shows strength in diversity.
Positive Role Models
Mentally challenged characters, paroled characters, elderly characters are presented as human beings with dignity and humor rather than shallow stereotypes.
Violence & Scariness
Lead character punches a drunk and belligerent character in the face. Character accidentally stabbed in the arm with a knife, some blood, taken to the hospital.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
While in the hospital, lead character's hand accidentally brushes against the breasts of the nurse, who tells him that it's "one of the perks of the job."
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Some cursing, including "a--hole," "bulls--t," "goddamn," "jackass," "hell."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lead character usually smoking cigarettes. Other characters smoke cigarettes. At end of credits is a statement in which filmmakers say that they don't advocate smoking. Customer in cafe keeps a flask, pours contents in her coffee as well as her friends' coffee. Character gets drunk on wine, acts surly toward lead character, insults other characters.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Turnover is a 2019 dramedy in which a quirky group of outcasts find purpose and friendship in a reopened restaurant. The lead character is almost always smoking cigarettes; while the movie has a disclaimer saying that the movie doesn't condone smoking cigarettes, this statement is buried near the end of the credits. However, this lead character requires hospitalization due to his unhealthy habits and stress levels. There's some drinking, including scenes in which an older woman pours alcohol from a flask into her coffee and her friends' coffee, and a scene in which a man gets drunk on wine, behaves in a belligerent manner, and gets punched. While in the hospital, the lead character accidentally brushes one of the nurse's breasts, and when he apologizes, she responds by saying that it's "one of the perks of the job." Some profanity is heard, including "a--hole" and "bulls--t." While there are some stereotypical depictions (an Indian chef, for instance), the movie goes way beyond stereotypes in its depictions of the mentally challenged, the elderly, and parolees, allowing these characters to be people rather than two-dimensional punchlines. The positive messages and earnest presentation go far in overcoming the rough edges and low budget. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
It's rough around the edges, but this film ultimately wins out for those looking for a feel-good, earnest dramedy. Turnover is a low-budget indie with some moments of amateurish storytelling and community theater acting, but the overall message of acceptance of those who are often marginalized finds a way to shine through.
Some of the flaws, however, can't be overlooked. For instance, in a movie that's trying to overcome stereotyping, the chef at the beginning of the movie is a flustered Indian whose final word is "Namaste." Instead of acceptance of the "Goth slacker's" fashion and hair choices, it's considered a triumph that (spoiler alert) she looks more "normal" at the end of the movie. Again, it's not perfect, but the overall takeaway is a heartfelt and positive movie in an era where cynicism is the default setting.
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