What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this dark-humor movie is from the mind of "Beavis and Butthead" creator, Mike Judge, and some teens will think it's likewise targeted at them. However, the subject matter of the movie -- dead-end jobs in banal suburban "campuses" with aggravating bosses --makes it more appropriate for young adults who themselves are in their first office jobs. The movie depicts stealing and implied arson. There is strong language, sexual references, and jealous fantasies. A character celebrates a horrific injury, there is an on-screen medical emergency, characters act illegally, and a mistreated character takes drastic revenge.
- Families can talk about the sources of humor that this movie draws from, including the stereotypes of different office types (the Pollyanna, the self-important boss, etc.), the hallmarks of suburban culture such as the restaurant where "flair" is required, and the venting of frustrations on a piece of office equipment. If you were hypnotized to not care about what other people thought, would you act differently?