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Dave White Profile

Drop-the-soap joke in 3..2..1... Read full review


Jen Yamato Profile

Send Tim Allen back to movie jail. Read full review

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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 16

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Each actor appears to have received the script to a different movie, while Allen adds his own directorial touch of sexual vulgarity.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    With neither the dramatic nor comedic aspects of the story line being remotely convincing, the best efforts of the talented cast go for naught.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Variety Joe Leydon

    Looking and sounding like a second-tier '80s made-for-cabler, Crazy on the Outside is the sort of bland trifle one might watch to kill time during an extended flight.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

So-so romcom with lots of sexual situations; not for tweens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is a romantic comedy, and the directorial debut of actor/comedian Tim Allen (The Santa Clause, the voice of "Buzz Lightyear" in the Toy Story movies). It contains some mature material, but its overall messages are positive and should be fine for older teens, even though it's aimed more at grown-ups. Profanity is fairly heavy, with one use of "f--k" and several uses of "s--t," and there are constant, comical sexual situations, though no nudity.

  • Families can talk about the movie's sexual content. Was it appropriate? Was it funny? Was there too much?
  • Is it really possible for an ex-con to live a good, decent life? How would you feel about a person like this? Could you trust them?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The movie suggests that it's possible that a character, released from a three-year stint in prison, can straighten out his life and find happiness. Of course, Tommy faces many temptations, and he briefly succumbs to some of them, but eventually manages to bounce back. He also has some bad luck, but weathers everything quite nicely. Overall, he's a good example of overcoming adversity. On the other hand, there is some very brief Asian stereotyping.

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    Role models: Tommy has served three years in prison for video piracy, and he leaves determined to go straight. He reconnects with his family and tries to start up a good business (his father's old company). He shows strong empathy toward a single mother and her son. There are many wrong paths, and he faces many temptations, but aside from a few stumbles, he works hard to change his bad behavior and become a good person.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Minor comic violence. Tommy is "kidnapped" in one scene, though it turns out to be nothing. A jealous boyfriend catches him and we see one punch. A baseball hits a kid in the head during a game.

  • sex false3

    Sex: No nudity, but the film is filled with sexual situations, sexual innuendo, and some kissing. Tommy has wild, comical sex with his old girlfriend, not knowing that she has a new fiance. The girlfriend suggests that they continue "cheating" after she's married. Tommy's brother-in-law continually lusts after his wife (Tommy's sister) and makes sexy comments about her. Tommy "checks out" his new parole officer, a dildo is shown, and characters talk about sex very often.

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    Language: The movie pushes the boundaries of its PG-13 rating, with one use of "f--k" and multiple uses of "s--t." We also hear "butt," "d--k," "ass," "damn," "Jesus," "crap," "bitch," "hell," "bastard," "God," "nuts," "asshole," and "hump."

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: There's enough product placement to call attention to itself. Tommy's sister offers him a "Tic Tac" and a "Life Saver" in the film's first ten minutes. We see a can of Coca-Cola, a tub of Ben & Jerry's ice cream, and a bottle of Dasani water (a product of the Coca-Cola company).

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Adults drink beer and wine with dinner. In one scene, a supporting character -- the grandmother -- comically adds whisky to her coffee.