What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that even in this age of raunchy, Apatow-ian humor, this Blake Edwards comedy is decidedly adult. Its themes -- mid-life crises, commitment issues, and the like -- won’t likely appeal to teens. But there’s plenty of nudity -- naked breasts and backsides -- and numerous sexual situations, including the depiction of a sex party. Participants wander around naked and are briefly shown hooking up in twos and sometimes threes. Expect some mild swearing, too (including the occasional "f--k"). More troubling, however, is the downright objectification of women. They're there to star in male fantasies, and though one woman stands up for herself, it hardly makes up for the rest of the movie.
- Families can talk about how things have changed since this movie was made. Can you think of any modern movies with similar themes? What are the differences between these films? Do movies reflect society or vice versa?
- Is there really such a thing as a mid-life crisis? Or is it a false concept used in media? Talk about how men and women supposedly respond to these crises? What are the storytelling advantages of creating a concept like this?