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Adult Beginners | 2015 | R | - 4.2.9

A self-centered and hopeless business failure (Nick Kroll) moves in with his pregnant sister (Rose Byrne) and brother-in-law (Bobby Cannavale) since he is broke. Unexpectedly, he finds that he is to be his 3-year-old nephew's nanny. Also with Joel McHale, Jane Krakowski and Bobby Moynahan. Directed by Roz Katz. [1:30]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A man and a woman (both nannies) leave the children they are caring for in a living room and enter a bedroom where they hug and remove their shirts (we see him wearing an undershirt and her wearing a bra that reveals cleavage) and lie down off-screen (sex is implied).
 We see a man's bare chest and a woman's bare shoulders as they kiss in bed a few times and plan a date. A husband and wife kiss briefly three times. A man and a woman kiss each other on the cheek. An elderly man and an elderly woman hug on a couch.
 An elderly man takes his shirt off and displays a bare chest, somewhat sunken. At a party a few women wear very short skirts that bare their legs to the upper thighs, along with low-cut necklines that reveal some cleavage. "Mommy and Me" swim classes for toddlers shows women wearing one-piece swimsuits. In three scenes, a man sits on the edge of a swimming pool or stands in the water, wearing trunks and revealing his bare chest. A man removes his clothing and the camera cuts away to show his bare back.
 A husband asks his pregnant wife for sex and the wife says no (he looks disappointed). On a date, a woman tells a man that she is not serious about him and he becomes depressed; she also tells him that she sleeps with another particular man whenever she is bored. A man tells his pregnant sister that he sees a penis during an ultrasound; the doctor says it is a girl. A man sees his brother-in-law leaving a spa with a woman other than his pregnant wife and confronts him; the second man admits to having had sex twice with the woman before ending the relationship. A husband apologizes to his wife for his unfaithfulness and she accepts the apology. A male store manager tells a man that a woman came in yesterday to buy a bra and he cannot stop thinking about her doing that. A man says that in the 8th grade a girl's father caught him in the act of "feeling up" his daughter. A man's sister accuses him of having a sex flashback while ignoring her telling him something, but he denies it. A man and then a woman tell another man that he looks like he is wearing a woman's coat. A man tells another man that the first man's wife is in labor; the camera cuts to the woman at home, moaning slightly at a contraction as her husband goes to put a suitcase in the car.
 A husband and his wife clothed in pajamas lie in bed together. A pregnant wife in bed with her husband lifts her top and rubs her slightly swollen belly. Several scenes of the woman receiving an ultrasound reading show the image of a baby on the screen.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - We hear a thud on a playground and see a little boy lying face down on the ground, whimpering (he fell from a jungle gym); he appears fine, but there is blood on his uncle's shirt and the man says the boy suffered a small cut inside his mouth (we do not see it).
 A man and a woman stand in a swimming pool; they bend their knees to go under the surface, even though they are frightened and do not know how to swim; they are able to stand easily again.
 A man with a Google-glass-like invention loses his investors and money when a larger tech firm beats him to the marketplace; dozens of investors leave messages on his phone, calling him names, cursing profusely with F-words and complaining that they lost their houses, tuition for summer camps, etc.
 A woman argues with her brother about their mother dying of cancer and that he was not at the hospital; the woman cries several times. A man argues several times with his brother-in-law about being in a spa with a woman other than his wife; the man tells his sister about the affair and she cries and throws her husband out causing him to go to see the first man at his office where he begs loudly for help. A tyrannical boss tells a male employee if he takes an afternoon off for a family emergency, he will not receive a promotion; the boss shakes his head when the man leaves and becomes irritated and abrupt with his other employees. Two men argue heatedly about what family and family responsibility mean and demand. A man says that he had Lasix eye surgery and a woman tells him to have his thyroid checked because his eyes bug out too much. A man's brother-in-law tells him to get a flu shot so he can baby sit their young son. A man says that daycares are germy, because kids suck on the toys every day. A Jewish man argues briefly with his father and stepmom about his nephew being confirmed. A man tells his male roommate that a prostitute came to the apartment a few days ago and opened a vein, bleeding on the furniture and rug (we do not see the woman, blood or stains). A principal tells a teacher that the school secretary took time off when her son was committed to rehab for Internet gambling addiction.
 A man exits a train and vomits a large quantity of yellow vomit into a trash container. A man stands in the doorway of a washroom and appears to sit down on a toilet off-screen. A man is seen with a potty chair inside the back of his underwear (we see a partial hip and thigh) and then hear him flush the toilet as he sets the potty chair on the floor in the washroom doorway.


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LANGUAGE 9 - About 47 F-words and its derivatives, 17 scatological terms, 21 anatomical terms, 8 mild obscenities, name-calling (stupid, moron, insane, crazy, idiot, Dark Ages, devil child, devilish, pervert, cheater, dirt-bag, dope-[anatomical term deleted], bad-[anatomical term deleted], sad-[anatomical term deleted], stereotypical references to adult siblings, aging parents, new mothers, unfaithful husbands, nannies, smokers, drug users, inept business people, tyrannical bosses, retail managers, losers, people in denial, Jews, Cubans, Catholics, exclamations (shut-up, wow, shucks), 1 religious profanity (GD), 15 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Jesus, Lord, God, Holy [scatological term deleted]).


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SUBSTANCE USE - Men and women drink alcohol at a large cocktail party and the host announces that the champagne is full of roofies (the date-rape drug) and people laugh, a man and a woman snort cocaine from their hands (the man calls it "coffee") and rub their noses and walk out, a man sits on a couch and snorts white powder from a sheet of cardboard he picks up from a coffee table, two men smoke marijuana cigarettes in the garage of their house in two scenes and blow the smoke into a ventilation fan they rigged up by a window, we see a small tin containing a baggy with a small amount of marijuana in it, a man throws a bag containing marijuana into another man's chest and the screen fills with smoke as the two men puff the drugged cigarettes, and a man tells another man at a store that he remembers the second man smoking a bong in high school. A man drinks whiskey from a bottle in a paper bag on a train, a man drinks a bottle of beer at home, two men at a dinner table drink beer from bottles, a pregnant teacher and an underage teenage girl drink wine in a café as other diners also drink wine, a parent from a school sees a teacher and a teenage girl drinking in café and reports it to the school principal (the teacher denies it), men and women in a crowded bar dance while holding bottles of beer in their hands and others hold and drink short glasses of clear liquor as well as tall cocktails, a man tells his sister that he has a DUI, and a man tells another man that he is drunk from drinking 3½ glasses of wine. A man smokes a cigarette on a porch and his sister takes the pack away from him and confronts him and her husband, and a woman tells her brother that there will be no smoking around the children as she throws a pack of cigarettes on the floor and steps on it.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Sibling relationships, romantic relationships, casual sex, family, fidelity, responsibilities, pregnancy, childrearing, communications, setting priorities, failure, guilt, new beginnings, conflict, reconciliation, forgiveness.

MESSAGE - Family is more important than money, work and prestige.

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We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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