What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie contains a mild amount of profanity, much of it delivered in scenes mocking Tourette's Syndrome. The profanity is silly, with insults like "testicle head" and "barf-breathed douche mouth" predominating; nonetheless, it may be too much for some kids and parents. The movie also makes light of serious mental health issues such as paranoia and agoraphobia and features a main character who's essentially a stalker, though this is presented humorously. Some cartoonish violence occurs near the end; for instance, one character hangs explosives on another and threatens to blow him up.
- Families can talk about mental health concepts. Bob is presented as "crazy" but not dangerous -- how might a real person with similar emotional problems act?
- How does the film's portrayal of a stalker deviate from the real-lifedanger they pose? How could Dr. Marvin have dissuaded Bob from pursuinghim without resorting to violence?
- This lighthearted movie could bea good jumping-off point for parents wishing to show how actualmental-health difficulties differ from cinematic portrayals.