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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 100

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    A dulcetly crazy, certifiably hilarious and eerily mysterious little comedy.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Insightful but ultimately ponderous entertainment.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Middle-aged romance can be a dicey prospect. And it gets more complicated when children are in the picture. But it gets more complex still if the "child" is actually 21, and creepily meddlesome.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Here is a film that uses very good actors and gives them a lot of improvisational freedom to talk their way into, around and out of social discomfort. And it's not snarky. It doesn't mock these characters. It understand they have their difficulties and hopes they find a way to work things out.

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  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Cyrus cues us to expect it to go over the top, but the film never does. That may be its neatest trick

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Indie romcom swaps raunchiness for quirkiness.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this indie comedy about a romance that’s hampered by an adult child’s fixation with his mother stars Jonah Hill of teen favorites like Superbad and Knocked Up. While this movie isn't as raunchy or over-the-top as those comedies, the subject matter may still be too mature for young teens, and the Oedipus complex references confusing. Expect some swearing (including "s--t" and "f--k") and drinking and a few awkward sexual situations (including a scene that implies masturbation), though little nudity.

  • Families can talk about Molly’s relationship with Cyrus. Does it seem realistic? How do you think it got to the point it is in the movie?
  • Who do you think this movie is intended to appeal to? Hill's teenage fans? People who enjoy indie comedies?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The movie suggests that it's possible to over-coddle a child to the point where his fixation with his mother can go into overdrive, complicating his parents’ life. But it also promotes the idea that building trust can help overcome problems.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Conscientious and kind, Molly loves her son, but she begins to worry that she may have been too overprotective and indulgent; she starts thinking about parent-child boundaries late in the game. John doesn't like game-playing in romantic relationships, and he and his ex-wife have what may be the most amicable post-divorce friendship in cinema.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: Two guys tussle at a wedding and yell threats, insults, and painful things at each other.

  • sex false2

    Sex: The movie begins with a woman barging in on a man who, from the looks of it, is pleasuring himself to Internet porn. Viewers don’t see what he’s watching, but his behind is visible from the back and his underwear low on his hips as he reclines in bed with a laptop in front of him. Also, a couple kisses and rolls around on a sofa and in bed.

  • language false4

    Language: Many uses of “f--k," plus "s--t," "hell," “a--hole," and "oh my God."

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Mentions of Red Bull and Shrek; logos for Trojan condoms, Chevrolet, Apple, and Adidas.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: A man fills up on “liquid courage” -- beer, Red Bull and vodka -- at a party. Some social drinking at restaurants.