What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this Ron Howard-directed buddy comedy starring Vince Vaughn and Kevin James takes a serious swerve pretty quickly, delving into the subject of infidelity and how it wrecks a marriage. As such, it's probably too heavy for tweens and younger teens. You can also expect some crass moments in Vaughn’s riffs (including one about "doing tricks"), making out, and sexual innuendo. Language is fairly salty, including one use of "f--k" (plus "s--t," "a--hole," and more), and there’s some drinking. All of that said, the movie ultimately has a positive message about the importance of honesty in good friendships and marriages.
- Families can talk about the movie's messages about relationships -- both friendships and romantic connections. Do the characters learn anything over the course of the movie? What, if anything, can their experiences teach teens about relationships?
- Who do you think the movie's target audience is? How can you tell?
- Have you ever found yourself in a hard-to-call situation where being honest was difficult? What did you do?