Information for Parents
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 16+
Less raunchy than Hangover, but still edgy, mature.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this odd-couple roadtrip comedy from the director of The Hangover -- which stars Hangover break-out Zach Galifianakis -- isn't as raunchy as its predecessor but comes from the same irreverent, test-the-boundaries school of humor. Expect plenty of swearing (including "f--k" and "s--t"), a somewhat explicit masturbation gag (nothing is shown, but sounds are audible), and a fair helping of mean-spirited jokes. One character uses marijuana (ostensibly to treat his glaucoma), once while driving. In the end, the salty humor comes with a helping of heart, but this is still most age-appropriate for older teens and up.
- Families can talk about the movie's boundary-pushing humor involving sex, drugs, etc. Is the film condoning or glorifying this kind of behavior?
- Why do you think opposites-attract storylines are so popular, especially in roadtrip comedies? How does this film compare to others in the genre?
- What do Peter and Ethan learn from each other? Does the film ultimately have a positive message?
The good stuff
Positive messages: All of the characters behave badly at times -- and there are plenty of mean-spirited jokes -- but in the end, the two leads find a way to appreciate each other's uniqueness and eccentricities. There's also some exploration of the way that fathers influence sons and how sons can either follow in their father's footsteps or forge their own way.
Positive role models: Though he does undergo a transformation in the end, Peter has a quick temper, which sometimes leads him to lash out verbally and physically. Ethan stretches the truth and is prone to wild mood shifts, but he does have a big heart.
What to watch for
Violence: Car accidents result in injuries. A man with anger-management issues gets into arguments with almost everyone thanks to his haughty demeanor. He and a new acquaintance get into fisticuffs over all sorts of issues.
Sexy stuff: A man masturbates next to another character who's sleeping; no genitals are seen, but telltale sounds are audible. Later, there's some discussion about the benefits of masturbation. Discussion about women's body parts; a character muses about the fidelity of someone else's wife.
Language: Frequent use of words like "f--k," "s--t," and "son of a bitch." Also "t--ties," "ass," "a--hole," "goddamn," "oh my God," and homophobic slurs.
Consumerism: Signs/logos visible for National, Alamo, Delta Air, Comfort Inn, Waffle House, Toyota.
Drinking, drugs and smoking: A character uses a pipe to smoke weed while driving. Earlier in the film, an airport officer finds another one of the same character's pipes. He's also shown buying marijuana from a dealer and discussing its properties as if it were premium coffee.