Information for Parents
Common Sense Media says Iffy for 17+
Sex, drugs, and disease clash in racy, uneven romcom.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this racy romantic comedy based on Jamie Reidy's memoir about his time as a pharmaceutical rep for Pfizer is filled with nudity (including erstwhile Princess Diaries star Anne Hathaway's breasts), sex, and sex talk. There's also a fair bit of drinking (sometimes to excess), heavy swearing (including "f--k" and "s--t"), and many references to prescription drugs -- though the main characters are rarely seen taking them. And it's not all laughs: There's a serious subplot about Parkinson's disease. Ultimately, though, the movie has a good heart, and the characters do learn to become better people.
- Families can talk about the way the movie treats sex. The characters think and talk a lot about it and are seen having sex quite often. What role does it play in their relationship? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values surrounding sex and relationships.
- The movie was based on someone's real-life experiences. Does that make it a true story? How much of the movie feels "true"? Why might filmmakers change some parts of it?
- Why would Maggie be so reluctant to accept that Jamie could love her?
The good stuff
Positive messages: At first the movie celebrates commitment-free sex and wealth achieved through exploitation, but eventually Jamie and Maggie fall in love. In order to stay together, they must learn to be true to themselves and to value empathy, tolerance, and selflessness.
Positive role models: Jamie starts out as a serial seducer. He's also a salesman who's more interested in making money than in helping people or doing a job he loves. Meanwhile, Maggie is afraid to let anyone get close to her because of her health. But when they fall in love, they slowly learn to value love rather than sex, passion rather than wealth, and empathy rather than selfishness.
What to watch for
Violence: Jamie occasionally slaps and smacks his annoying brother, with no real damage.
Sexy stuff: Jamie is a serial seducer who has sex with several different women -- and sometimes multiple partners. He falls in love with Maggie and has sex with her many times. Viewers see Jamie naked from head to foot (buttocks are shown, but no genitalia); Maggie is also naked several times (breasts are shown). Other minor female characters are seen in various stages of nudity. There's kissing, clothes being ripped off, suggestions of oral sex, minor thrusting, orgasmic moaning, and couples lying in bed (or on the floor) after sex. Also strong, constant sex talk, including conversations about Viagara and erections.
Language: Very strong language, including many uses of "f--k" and "s--t," plus "c--k," "laid," "p---y," "t-ts," "ass," "a--hole," "hell," "bitch," "damn," "goddamn," "dick," "slut," "oh my God," "goddamn," and "Jesus" (as an exclamation).
Consumerism: Jamie works for Pfizer; many drugs are referenced by name brand -- including Zoloft, Prozac, and Viagra -- and play a huge role in the movie. Characters eat Pop Tarts for breakfast in one scene.
Drinking, drugs and smoking: Prescription drugs are a huge part of the plot, but characters don't overindulge, and the main characters rarely take any drugs at all -- though Jamie tries Viagra at a party and has a comically bad reaction. A homeless man takes Prozac, and it eventually improves his life. Characters drink quite often, including wine, whiskey, and beer. After a bad day, Maggie swills a bottle of vodka in an attempt to get sloppy drunk and wash away her pain. Characters discuss having taken Ritalin as children.