Splitting Adam

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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So-so cloning comedy has Nickelodeon stars, good message.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

The movie intends to entertain rather than educate. 

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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). 

Sexy Stuff

Some flirting and one kiss. 

Language

One instance of "loser" as an insult. Also "butt."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 9 and 12 year old Written byWeedPuller March 1, 2015

Funny but lowest common denominator

My kids and I watched Splitting Adam this weekend after seeing ads and recording it on our DVR. We all thought it was pretty funny. The message, that all the g... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byamig0animad0 March 23, 2015

Really enjoyable for kids!

This is really good! Kids will love it! But adults might find it disappointing

What's the story?

Adam Baker (Jace Norman) knows the feeling of being pulled in too many directions all too well. Between holding down multiple jobs, taking care of his little sister, and spending quality summer time with his two best friends, he barely has time for anything else in his life. So when he accidentally clones himself in what his uncle Mitch (Tony Cavalero) told him was a tanning bed, Adam immediately sees the benefit of having two selves to manage all his responsibilities. Unfortunately, things get out of hand when the clones keep coming, each a bit more eccentric than the last. Now in addition to his regular responsibilities, he must protect his secret, keep tabs on each one's comings and goings, and eventually reunite all the clones with himself before they all meet their demise, all while he's trying to catch the eye of his crush, Lori (Isabela Moner). 

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. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what Adam learns from his many clones. Do they offer him insight into his personality? Are there any parts he could do without? If your kids were to have a similar experience, what would their clones look and act like?

  • How might Adam have solved his problem of being overscheduled without resorting to such drastic measures? Kids: What demands do you have on your time? How do you balance all of them? Why is it important to have down time? 

  • Were your kids drawn to this movie because of its recognizable cast? Are they influenced by what their favorite stars say and do? To what degree can we trust that what we see in the media is reflective of celebrities' real lives? 

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