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City Island Review

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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Andy Garcia reminds you of what a cunning, likable actor he can be.

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  • 75

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The ensemble cast is strong. At its silliest comic moments it has a sitcom flavor, but the overall effect is gently amusing.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 13+

Wacky film makes smoking, teen fetish part of the joke.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this hilarious comedy about a disfunctional family addresses such squeamish subjects as teens using Internet fetish porn, young women working in strip clubs (with scenes of barely dressed dancers), and a criminal past. Also, the whole family smokes (and lies about it), plus there's some swearing ("bitch," "s--t"), though not much, and lots of raised voices -- this clan likes to yell -- but there's also plenty of love. 

  • Families can talk about smoking. Did you know that exposure to smoking in the media is connected to teens taking up the habit? Did smoking appear sexy or cool in this movie? Why do you think the makers of the movie decided to include smoking in the story?
  • Why does Vince feel the need to hide his aspirations? What does acting give him that's missing in other parts of his life? Why doesn't his wife talk to him about her suspicions? What hampers their communication? Does any of this storlyline resonate with your family issues?
  • Talk about the singular way relatives can get under your skin and yet be the ones who have your back. What is it about this dynamic that makes it so rife for conflict? What kinds of conflicts arise in your household? How do parents and kids manage conflict in healthy and unhealthy ways?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: While the movie is full of positive messages -- including that secrets, when left to fester, can complicate matters and even destroy relationships, and family matters -- these messages are hidden between iffy (if funny) content about teenage sexual fetishes, underage smoking, and yelling as a form of family communication.

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    Role models: Teens smoke, use Internet porn, and everyone lies and yells -- at least at first -- so are not ideal role models. But they each find a way to reveal their true selves, especially Vince. He best exemplifies the importance of following one's inner compass, and how doing something you love might just make you love life -- and appreciate what you have -- a whole lot more.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: Members of a family communicate by yelling. A fight breaks out between two men and one guy brandishes a knife. In the same scene, a character is chained to a lamp post by another.

  • sex false3

    Sex: A teenage boy visits porn sites featuring scantily clad overweight women. He appears to fetishize them. A married woman flirts and kisses a younger man who's not her husband. A college girl works at a strip bar (we see her and her co-workers dancing while scantily clad).

  • language false3

    Language: Somewhat strong, including "bitch," "s--t," and "whore."

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Some signage for stores, plus car makes like the Ferrari and the Impala are name-dropped.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Spouses promise each other they'll quit smoking but they both continue to do so behind each other's backs. The entire family, in fact, smokes, including the kids (a teenager and a college girl). One character's mother is described as an alcoholic and drug addict, though she's never introduced. Social drinking (beer, martinis). A character talks about pot.