What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this urban comedy deals with materialism, greed, crime, and community in the inner city. There's more violence than you might expect in a comedy, including guns, references to torture and prison rape, and several hand-to-hand fights. The relationship between sex and money and the concept of becoming a "baby mama" to ensure "getting paid" is explored, and there are a couple of interrupted not-quite-sex scenes that show a shirtless guy and a lingerie-clad young woman. But despite the violence, the notable consumerism (the movie is almost like one long commercial for Nike Air Jordans), and the regular use of strong language ("s--t" and "ass" being the most frequent), the overall message is positive: that people with means should give back to their communities.
- Families can talk about the stereotypes in the movie. What are they based on? Do you think it's appropriate to play up stereotypes for humor?
- What lessons do the characters learn about money and community?
- How is teenage sexuality handled in the movie? Why does Nikki not want to use protection?
- The movie deals with consumerism and materialism constantly. What does themovie think people need more -- things or opportunities?