mtl Movie Reviews by The Dove Foundation
Runtime: 88 minutes
Starring: Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler, Jason Mantzoukas
Director: Andrew Jay Cohen
Sex: Several frank and explicit sexual comments or innuendos; a couple goes into a closet and have sex (not seen); a couple of married people have affairs, although it is alluded to and not explicitly seen.
Language: A lot of language throughout the movie including language audibly heard in songs that are played during the movie; several uses of GD, J, and the F-bomb is used almost constantly, in addition to "H," "A," "D," and other uses of harsh words as well as slang uses for male and female genitalia.
Violence: A lot of violence acted out to be funny; slapstick; two women have a rousing fight, and there is a good amount of blood; in a farce, a character uses an axe, cutting off some body parts, and a lot of blood is seen pouring out; people are tortured in what is supposed to be a funny scene.
Drugs: A lot of drug use and drug references, including the smoking of marijuana, a few characters snort cocaine; a lot of drinking including beer and wine and other alcoholic beverages.
Nudity: A lot of women in bikinis; cleavage; shirtless men and people in swimwear.
Other: Gambling; tension between characters; scenes involving or mentioning urinating, vomiting or defecating.
A dad convinces his friends to start an illegal casino in his basement after he and his wife spend their daughter's college fund.
Scott and Kate's devotion to their daughter Alex is undeniable. And parental love is to be highly commended. However, Alex's parents have been irresponsible with their money habits and their budget—or lack of a budget—and they can't pay for Alex to attend college. Enter their friend Frank (Jason Mantzoukas), who is addicted to gambling. He is able to convince the desperate couple to start a casino in his house to solve their money problems. But Frank has a porn addiction too, not to mention alcohol, and are they willing to look at those addictions as a possible money maker too.
Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler can usually get a laugh even out of a lifeless tree, but they are working with limited material in this one. For example, in one scene Scott and Kate talk about Kate's past, and the fact she was called "Smoke-a-Lot-of-Pot Kate" and "Pee-Outside Kate." Apparently these two things were what she used to be known for. Unfortunately, that is about as good as it gets in the movie—although Ryan Simpkins plays daughter Alex as, at least at times, the levelheaded one in the family.
The movie is a predictable farce of Scott and Kate running their home-based gambling den and what that entails. It's not meant to be a family film and they definitely succeeded in that effort!
Not Dove Family Approved
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