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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The movie intends to entertain rather than educate.
Kids see that trying to solve a problem by taking the easy way out doesn't always pay off. Adam learns to be himself rather than worry about how others view him.
Positive Role Models
A lack of adult supervision gives Adam the berth he needs to clone himself multiple times and cope with the consequences. His uncle is mostly out of touch but ultimately helps him out of his final jam. Some versions of Adam are good influences on him, but others aren't.
Violence & Scariness
Numerous slapstick accidents yield bumps and bruises but nothing more serious. In one physical exchange, two Adams fight each other by inflicting pain on themselves (biting their fingers, pinching their chests, and so on).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some flirting and one kiss.
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One instance of "loser" as an insult. Also "butt."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Splitting Adam is a comedy that brings together a cast of Nickelodeon stars from shows such as Henry Danger and 100 Things to Do Before High School, so if your kids are fans, they'll probably want to tune in. Beyond that, though, the tale of one kid's attempt to clone himself is pretty middle-of-the-road. The story's central message is great; it illustrates the importance of appreciating the qualities that make you unique and encouraging self-confidence. This somewhat chaotic movie has a fair amount of slapstick bumps and bruises, plus some mild language such as "butt" and "loser." Also notable is the frequent potty humor: burps, farts, vomit, and the occasional floating poo in a public pool. Much of the mayhem results from a marked absence of responsible adult influence, but for kids, that's all part of the fun.
Is It Any Good?
SPLITTING ADAM isn't terrible, but it does stretch its story far thinner than necessary to give somewhat equal time to each of Adam's five clones. Kids will enjoy the ridiculousness, as there are plenty of laughs at the hands of the various facets of Adam's personality, but it's mostly a superficial comedy designed to attract existing fans of the Nickelodeon stars in the cast.
Even so, viewers won't leave with nothing. It takes Adam a while to realize it, but he's certainly better for learning the story's lesson about appreciating yourself (flaws and all) and being happy with who you are. And predictably, once he realizes it, his love interest confirms that self-confidence is a big factor in winning other people's affection. Parents might not see the draw of this goofy movie, but kids who want to watch can take the story's positive themes to the bank at least.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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