What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this farcical comedy, filled with the kind of pratfalls, comic car chases, and silly humor of Tina Fey and Steve Carell that appeal to teens, is geared more toward adults. It contains sexual innuendo and coarse languagethroughout, plus mature themes related to married life, and episodes of violence and gunplay -- all played for humor. Onelong sequence takes place in a strip club and includes near-nude women,suggestive dancing, and the threat of violent behavior. There aremultiple discussions of menstruation, infidelity, and sexualmisbehavior. Strong language abounds ("asshole," "s--t," "penis,""whore" and one use of "f--k"). The leading characters are held at gunpoint andshot at many times, however, it's all comedic action and no one isinjured or killed. One comic car chase results in dozens of crashes,shattered windows, a character hanging onto carhood, and a main character ending up in a river, unharmed.
- Families can talk about danger and violence in the movie. Did you ever feel that the main characters were in serious jeopardy? What tools did the filmmakers use to show that it was all in fun and there was no real danger?
- The movie had lots of sexual humor. How was the humor different from other movies where sex plays a prominent role? Did the fact that some of the sex jokes involved married people make them more or less funny? Why or why not?
- What did the Fosters learn about themselves during their adventure? How did they surprise each other?
- Would it surprise you to learn that the pole dancing scene was neitherscripted nor rehearsed? Describe "improvisation" and talk about otherinstances in movies and on television where the material might havebeen improvised.