Yes Day | 2021 | PG | – 1.3.2
The children of two strict and overprotective parents (Jennifer Garner and Edgar Ramirez) complain to school officials, and after a school conference and a chat with a coach, the couple decides to allow one “yes day,” when the kids can request anything within reason for 24 hours. Also with Everly Carganilla, Jenna Ortega, Julian Lerner, H.E.R., Fortune Feimster, Arturo Castro, Leonardo Nam and Hayden Szeto. Directed by Miguel Arteta. Several lines of dialogue are spoken in Spanish without translation and a couple of phrases are spoken in Spanish with English subtitles. A song’s lyrics include a few lines in Italian without translation, and a sign written in Korean Hangul letters is not translated. [Running Time: 1:26]
Yes Day SEX/NUDITY 1
– A man and a woman kiss briefly twice, once on their wedding day and later in a jail-holding cell in front of another woman who makes a gagging sound and sticks her fingers into her mouth as a response to the kiss. An older teen girl arranges a date with teen boys for two 14-year-old girls, but one of the younger girls refuses to go into a tent with the boys and is abandoned by the others in a crowd (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).
► A man and his pre-teen son and preschool daughter do the twerk dance at home, shaking their hips and buttocks. A pre-teen boy lies, telling a group of adults and children that they are being observed to become part of a TV reality show called “Insatiable Island.” Two twenty-something men say they appeared on “The Bachelorette” and a third pulls up his shirt to show his bare abdomen and muscles.
► A 14-year-old girl at a festival wears cutoff shorts and stockings that reveal her legs up to her hips. A flashback shows a man holding up a baby (we see the child’s buttock and side).
Yes Day VIOLENCE/GORE 3
– A 14-year-old girl is abandoned by friends at a crowded, loud music festival at night and an older girl grabs her phone and throws it away; the first girl cries hard, but is finally found by her mother, who was rushed to the event in a sheriff’s car.
► Adults and children at a theme park scream on several rollercoasters, a woman and her teen daughter argue and the girl stalks off as the mom goes to play a midway game. A woman tosses bananas into a painted gorilla mouth at a theme park to win a stuffed gorilla while a second woman berates her, a struggle ensues, including shoving and screaming, and the second woman pushes the first woman’s face into the gorilla mouth; the second woman hits a man in the groin and he falls with a gasp, the first woman swings from a rafter, wraps her legs around the other woman’s neck, and the roof of the game stall collapses; the scene cuts to a speeding sheriff’s car with sirens blaring, and we later see the first woman and her husband having mugshots taken in jail as their children (aged 14, 11 and 5) sneak away to parties. An EMT driver takes a man and his family to a theme park with lights and sirens going, swerving to miss other vehicles on a highway.
► A man replaces a baby bird in a nest, two large birds swoop and peck his head, and he slips off a limb, clutches it, and falls about eight feet to the ground on his back with a thud; three black birds chase him, pecking his head and he shouts for someone to call 911 and the scene cuts to the inside of an ambulance where we see the man and we see stored IV bags swinging from the ceiling and a driver speeding and swerving to miss other vehicles; the scene cuts to the man being wheeled down a corridor on a gurney and then to a cubicle where a doctor tells him he has only superficial scratches, which we do not see.
► A flashback shows a woman skydiving. A flashback shows several children lighting a fuse to five rockets strapped to a young boy’s back, but a woman rushes in and stops the launch. In a flashback, a man stops a few children from sliding down a roof with sheets tied together. A flashback shows a man holding up a baby and a stream of urine splashes the man in the face as the scene ends.
► A husband and his wife at a parent-teacher conference hear that their young teen daughter calls her mother a dictator and their 11-year-old son made a film portraying the mom as Hitler and Mussolini and the film ends with the boy shouting in close-up, in red light; upset, the woman tells her husband in the hallway that he constantly makes her the “bad cop,” and the husband complains that he has to be the bad cop at work.
► A man shouts at another man and a woman at work who are listening to extremely loud music on company equipment as they drop food in a sound testing chamber; the second man happily shouts that the sound system will break one’s brain and then loudly slurps a drink through a straw. A man wearing virtual reality gear kicks another man in the groin and the victim doubles over and groans.
► A preschool girl uses watercolor paints and glitter as make up on her mother’s face; afterward, they and two other children and their father take their car through a carwash with the windows down and we see suds, rinse water, and hot air fill the passenger cabin and cover the people; one pre-teen boy eats something off his shirt and his teen sister grimaces at him and when the car doors open water gushes out.
► Large teams of adults and children have a Kool Aid-filled water balloon and capture the flag contest: Many balloons burst as they hit a couple of adults in the face and younger people in the body (no one is hurt); a woman shouts, “Who wiped your bottom when you were babies?” and a crowd shouts “Mother!” a woman hits a man in the groin, he bends over and falls to the ground (we do not see him again), the teams later gang up on the referee, beating him to the ground with tossed and bursting balloons (he does not appear injured).
► A pre-teen boy and preschool girl sneak off to a “nerd party” where kids make neon-colored soft drinks and use baking soda to create colorful exploding foam; the girl shouts, “I want to blow something up!” while two boys have a pillow fight, breaking a lamp, and other kids knock a wide-screen TV down, smashing it loudly; pre-teen girls pour baking soda into tubs and a toilet, creating pink foam that fills the bathroom, a wide staircase, and a living room as many kids shout and dance in the foam and slide down the stairs; a pre-teen boy shouts at everyone to stop, but they ignore him until his father comes in and shouts into a microphone for several seconds and makes the children clean the house. Pink foam explodes through a roof vent and upstairs windows to fill the front yard of a house. A pre-teen boy builds a hill from a waffle at breakfast, pours baking soda into it, and minutes later, yellow goop explodes out of it and onto the table.
► A woman asks another woman if she wants her to beat up her husband or perhaps give him a wedgie and the second woman says no. A mother and her teen daughter argue half a dozen times. A woman and her husband argue twice. A man and a woman gasp, startled by a sliding cafeteria window opening suddenly.
► At a sweet shop, a family buys a huge sundae of ice cream, brownies, cake pops, lollipops and chocolates, hoping to finish it in a certain amount of time and win the treat for free; the father eats the most, we hear his stomach rumble as he looks nauseated and runs to the bathroom as the manager calls out that vomiting cancels the win and we hear flatulating sounds off- screen and another man runs out of the bathroom calling, “He didn’t vomit. It came out the other end!” A man inside a cafeteria eats a tater tot, grimaces, and says his serving of tots is spoiled.
Yes Day LANGUAGE 2
– 3 mild scatological terms, exclamations (will you be quiet, shut-up, sucks, screwed, oh my gosh, oh gosh, oh man, wow, whoa, arriba, whoo, yeah, arghhh, eww, ow, boo), name-calling (crazy, dictator, fun-killer, psycho mom, smart alec, entitled millennial, freak, skeegy, wuss, Captain Poopy-Pants, Big Mother), 5 religious exclamations (e.g. Oh My God, Oh God, Thank God). | profanity glossary |
Yes Day SUBSTANCE USE
– Six prescription bottles with unreadable labels are shown on a table beside a man on a bed. Older teens and twenty-somethings at a music festival hold plastic cups usually used for alcoholic drinks and a few seem inebriated (swaying and slurring their words).
Yes Day DISCUSSION TOPICS
– Parenting, fear, gaining confidence, learning to relax and have fun, reasonable rules, personal boundaries, consequences, rewards and privileges.
Yes Day MESSAGE
– Parents sometimes need help in dealing with their children.
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