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It's a Disaster Review

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

  • 3.0
    57

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Sheri Linden

    The script excels at character-driven laughs, cerebral yet goofy, without resorting to sitcom stereotypes or genitalia-focused stupidity.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times

    The movie’s funniest touches are quiet flashes of character, expertly timed and nimbly played by a deft ensemble. It’s a Disaster is consistently funny, but you wince more often than you laugh out loud. It’s like a Christopher Guest improvisational farce with the volume turned down to 5.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 17+

Dark end-of-the-world comedy is witty but mature.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that It's a Disaster is a dark comedy about four couples who come together for brunch just as the world is about to end. Since most of the characters are in their early 30s, there's lots of mature conversation, complete with strong language (including "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," and more), as well as innuendo and discussion of sex, drugs, adultery, and marriage. As circumstances become catastrophic, all the relationships are strained, one couple has sex (viewers only see them in bed covered by sheets), someone makes a home brew of the drug Ecstasy, and one man looks for makeshift weapons. Because of the intense subject matter and relationship themes, It's a Disaster is best for adults and mature teens.

  • Families can talk about dark comedies, and what the subgenre entails: making light of otherwise somber topics (in this case, everyone's imminent death). What are some other dark comedies? Who do they appeal to?
  • Why are disaster movies so fascinating? How is It's a Disaster different from ones that have more violence and an obvious villain?
  • What kinds of relationships and people do each of the couples personify -- from the one on their third date to the engaged-but-not-married duo to the two very different married couples?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Not a message movie, but it does explore issues related to marital happiness and unconditional friendship.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: No one comes off particularly well -- although, for all their flaws, the two married couples overcome revelations of adultery to reconcile under extreme circumstances.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: An unknown invasion has released a toxin that's sure to kill people. A husband threatens to punch another man.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Several references to sex and adultery. It turns out a married couple had committed adultery with their best friends, another married couple. One couple has sex (they're shown before and after but not during) and makes a jokey proposition to someone to engage in a threesome. A woman makes a joke that two other women were upstairs exchanging sexual favors.

  • language false4

    Language: Strong language throughout, including "f--k," "bitch," "a--hole," "p--y," and more.

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Brands mentioned or featured include Apple, AT&T, a PT Cruiser, Adderall, Volkswagen, TGI Friday's. X-Men and other comic books are also referenced a bunch of times.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Lots of drinking of wine, scotch, whiskey, and beer. A woman recounts how she and her husband spent the previous night doing cocaine and partying. A chemist makes a homebrew of Ecstasy with a bunch of prescription and over-the-counter pharmaceuticals in the house.

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