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  • 1.0

    out of 100

    Overwhelming dislike
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  • 20

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    Fails to live up to even the feeble potential of its premise.

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  • 25

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    The ineptitude of the movie's drama is matched only by the failure of its humor.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    Variety Dennis Harvey

    An inauspicious feature debut for director Harv Glazer and all three scenarists, the "Big"-meets-breakdancing comedy will be kickin' it to ancillary by swimsuit season.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The New York Times Neil Genzlinger

    A romantic subplot is formulaic, and, most disappointing, the break-dance sequences don't sizzle, though the film's director, Harvey Glazer, is known for his music videos. Keep an eye out, however, for some nutty cameos.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Kennedy's lowbrow comedy best for '80s veterans.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this Jamie Kennedy comedy has crude humor and language. The "equal opportunity" jokes make light of coma patients, the mentally ill, homosexuals, Jews, African Americans, Latinos, and Asians, but not in an over-the-top way. A few scenes show Kennedy's character (a 30-year-old who miraculously comes out of a 20-year coma) "learning" about sex on the Internet (nothing is shown) and practicing moves on a male buddy who's wearing a wig and a bra. It's not a complete raunchfest like Borat or South Park; most teens are now used to this kind of humor -- as long as they're interested in the '80s, that is.

  • Families can talk about how no group is considered off-limits when it comes to Kennedy's mild ridicule. What did you think of the various racial jokes -- like the "Jewbiks Cube" or the "Ghetto Grabber" inventions? What's the purpose of jabs like these -- is it just pure mockery, or is there a more subtle message underneath? Parents should discuss how, over time, some words become socially unacceptable ("retard," for example). Is that a sign of extreme political correctness or simply increased sensitivity? Lastly, just for nostalgia's sake, parents can share their favorite '80s pop-culture trends.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: It's debatable whether Justin is a role model for revived coma patients, but his dedication triumphs over his nemesis' selfishness.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Dancers push and shove each other, and Darnell's girlfriend "bitch slaps" him.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Two 10-year-olds kiss; another 10-year-old prepares for a kiss by sticking his tongue out. Justin learns about sex by, presumably, watching 12 hours of Internet porn. Justin practices how to touch a woman's "breasteses" on his male friend. Various characters give advice on how to touch a woman. Jen opens her shirt, but there's no nudity. Jen and Justin kiss.

  • language false3

    Language: Several uses of "s--t" and "bitch," as well as "ass" and one "f--k." Characters (one African American, one Caucasian) say the "N" word to each other. Justin says "retard," not realizing that it's no longer considered acceptable. Other problematic words: "homo," a "Jewbiks cube" (features a menorah, a dollar sign, a star of David and circumcised penises), and referring to Asian and Latino friends as "rice and beans."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Featured '80s brands/products include the show Knight Rider and the car KITT (as well as David Hasselhoff), Hammer pants, Pop Rocks, Garbage Pail Kids, and a ton of decade-symbolic movies and shows -- The Karate Kid, The Smurfs, Sixteen Candles, Transformers, Miami Vice, Diff'rent Strokes, etc.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Even at a club party, there's no obvious drinking or smoking.