A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Although the parents' intentions were good, it's clear that their three kids suffered from the focus on competition during childhood. The siblings' relationships revolve around degrading put-downs and a constant desire to one-up each other. When it comes down to it, however, the family members love and back each other. One prominent character is Asian.
Violence & Scariness
A lone scene with a gun ends in the accidental shooting of a foot, which remains bandaged for the rest of the movie. The only other lasting injury results from a lawn dart impaling a foot. Other physical exchanges include hitting, slapping, and choke holds in childlike sibling rivalry among adults.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mild kissing scenes, sexual innuendos, and teasing about lovemaking are common among adults. (For example, a dad needles his son about overhearing him "begging for a session" with his wife.) One breathless post-sex scene of a couple under the covers; in another scene, a man accidentally joins his kids' nanny in the shower and steals a few peeks. One unmarried couple is shown sleeping in the same bed, and the subject of an illegitimate child is brought up.
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Relatively mild: "hell," "pissed," "son of a bitch," "ass," "damn," etc.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Two drinking scenes featuring adult characters (one in a bar and one at home). One character gets drunk (the effects are gone by the next day).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that adults indulge in a lot of juvenile behavior -- including name-calling, pranks, and constant bickering -- throughout this movie. But teen viewers who can put it into context will enjoy the comedy that results. Although all of the sexual content is implied rather than shown (there's no nudity below the shoulders), its prevalence will probably rule this one out for the tween crowd. The movie offers a glimpse at the link between a person's childhood and personality traits like low self-esteem and persistent overachieving.
Is It Any Good?
Though the premise of Relative Chaos is a bit far-fetched (adults on hippity-hops?), it offers a tongue-in-cheek look at a lovably dysfunctional family whose problems might just be an extreme version of those shared by viewers. Bradshaw particularly shines as a flawed father whose priorities are so shaky that he cursed his kids with rhyming names, and he delights in their stunned reactions when a family trivia event brings to light many of the lies he told them when they were young.
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