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Multiplicity Review

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Iffy for 14+

Some sexy stuff in dated but entertaining '90s comedy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this entertaining 1990s comedy includes a fair bit of sexual content. There may not be any nudity (aside from some bare legs), but there is frank sex talk, kissing, groping, and post-sex snuggling between a married couple. The movie focuses on adult problems with marriage and time management -- not particularly teen-friendly topics. Duplicity is a running theme, and despite things being resolved positively in the end, the main character never comes completely clean about his deception. Expect a bit of language ("s--t" and "damn").

  • Families can talk about being pulled in different directions. How does Doug manage his different responsibilities? Do you ever feel split in too many directions? How do you manage multitasking? What steps can you take to reduce the pressures on your time?
  • Talk about male and female stereotypes. How do Doug and Laura fit into stereotypes of male and female behavior in our society? Do we see fewer gender stereotypes in contemporary movies? What role do movies and television play in reinforcing or challenging stereotypes?
  • How does this movie handle its sexual content? Does it seem appropriate to the story or gratuitous? What messages about sex and gender are communicated in this movie?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Lying to one's spouse is portrayed humorously, and though there are some lessons learned throughout the film, the lying character never fully comes clean. Stereotypes of male and female behavior figure into the humor heavily.

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    Role models: Three versions of Doug Kinsey have admirable traits -- though they rely heavily on stereotypes (one clone is super macho, another lisps and flutters his hands a lot). One clone is "special" and acts like a slapstick version of a mentally challenged adult. The original Doug eventually learns he needs to incorporate his different traits more gracefully into one self.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Humorous threats and slapstick. A character is threatened with a drywall hammer. Another character is picked up out of a Port-a-Potty by a bulldozer. A wife slaps her husband and other characters have anger issues.

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    Sex: Plenty of talk about sex, though nothing explicit. In one scene, the main character talks to his clones about having sex with his wife Laura and lays down "clone nooky rules." Later, clone #3 has sex with Laura, and then clone #2 does as well -- kissing, groping, and bare legs shown, plus some minor foreplay and post-coital scenes.

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    Language: Several curse words, including "s--t", "damn," and its cousin, "Goddamn." Plus a few uses of "doodyhead." A couple obscene gestures.

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: There are a few beer drinking scenes and someone smokes a cigarette.