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Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star Review

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0.5

Dave White Profile

BECAUSE OF BUCK TEETH, GET IT? Read full review

0.5

Grae Drake Profile

Sucky Larson: Born to be a Waste of Time Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 1.0
    9

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Overwhelming dislike
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 10

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    Unfortunately, the R rating will prohibit the target audience -- namely teenage boys who find penis jokes endlessly hilarious - from seeing this relentlessly unfunny and vulgar effort until it shows up on video and cable.

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  • 20

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times Robert Abele

    The scenario makes for an inept, lazy R-rated movie whose sole purpose is as a glossary of euphemisms for genitalia and sexual acts.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 17 & under

Lots of sexual content and language, not enough humor.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this crude porn-industry comedy was co-written by Adam Sandler, who has cast star Nick Swardson in supporting roles in many of his movies. Given the setting, the fact that it's filled with crass sexual innuendo and strong language (including "f--k" and "s--t"), as well as partial nudity (including topless women and a brief shot of a man's "equipment") isn't surprising. But the main character is actually fairly chaste and innocent, and so is his romantic interest. There's a little drinking and drugs, as well as a few violent threats, but the main issues here are sexual content and language.

  • Families can talk about the movie's style of humor. Who is it intended to appeal to? Does it succeed? Why do you think sex-based humor is such a frequent go-to for crude/adult comedies?
  • Does Bucky learn a lesson from his adventure? Is that the point of the movie? Do you think Bucky could be considered a role model? What does it say about him that he's only interested in being intimate with his girlfriend and not any of the porn stars he works with?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: There's a vague message about "following your dreams," though it's not very well-defined; Bucky's "dream" ends up being about winning the girl and not much more.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Bucky is very nave and sweet and treats people kindly, but he's such a cartoon character that it's hard to make a case for him as a role model.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: During the opening credits, some farmers fire a shotgun at a scarecrow. Otherwise, there are some threats, but no real violence.

  • sex false5

    Sex: The movie takes place in the porn industry; there's consistent, crass sex talk and sexual innuendo, though little actual sex. There's some nudity; several different women are shown topless, and there's a very brief flash of Bucky's tiny "equipment," as well as more than one shot of his naked behind. Some characters discuss masturbating, and viewers see some examples of this without showing any actual genitals. Bucky only has sex with his girlfriend, but he ejaculates at the very sight of a naked woman; viewers see the result of this in various places afterward.

  • language false4

    Language: Though Bucky doesn't swear, other characters do -- expect frequent use of words including "f--k," "s--t," "c--k," "prick," "p---y," "t-ts," "ass," "dick," "whore," "hell," "pube," "son of a bitch," "oh my God," and more.

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Bucky mentions "Doritos Cool Ranch" more than once, and some actual chips are seen in one scene.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A supporting character is seen drinking and taking pills.

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