Architect Michael Newman stumbles on a universal remote control that gives him the power to pause or fast-forward through his life. Soon, Michael finds himself realizing how much of his family life he's sacrificed for his high-powered career.
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- Frank Coraci
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PG-13Language, crude and sex-related humor, and some drug references
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1Subtitles
English, FrenchClosed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; deleted scenes; director's commentary; making-of featurette.
English SDH, Chinese Simplified, English, Thai, French, Korean, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: PCM SurroundOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; director's commentary; making-of featurette; audio commentary; behind-the-scenes featurette.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this film includes repeated crude references to sexual activity and desire. These jokes range from sexual activity in fast-motion to the magical remote posing as the protagonist's erect penis. Violence is broadly comic, including a couple of scenes where the protagonist "freeze-frames" an adversary, then beats or kicks him, as well as some falling and slamming of children (the protagonist runs over a child's toy on purpose). The film pushes the envelope on PG-13 language, including one pronounced f-word and another that's cut off (after "mother").
- Sexual Content
- Sight gag has remote "erect" under Michael's pants; repeated jokes/images of dogs "humping" stuffed animal; reference to "porno," jokes about Michael's "shmeckel," fast-motion sex shown as shadow; allusions to "boobies," a jokey office lecture about sexual harassment includes reference to one as a "slut" Michael slows a jogger to watch her breasts bounce; Jeanine is repeatedly "horny," gag about a woman who undergoes a sex change; Michael tells Marty he doesn't "play for that team" (thinking he's being seduced); jokes about Britney Spears having her 23rd baby and a cloned Michael Jackson "molesting himself."
- Injuries played for laughs. Michael kicks Bill in the crotch repeatedly and slaps his boss in the face; someone says he wants to slit his wrists; someone wants to use a sword to cut his "d--k off" a heart attack leads to frantic pain for Michael.
- Multiple (more than 10) uses of s-word; several uses of "ass," one f-word; one cut-off "holy motherf-----r" and one obscene finger gesture; repeated use of "shmeckel" (baby Michael's penis); lots of other profanity.
- Social Behavior
- Though he reforms by the end, Michael is selfish, crude, and calculatedly cruel throughout, picking on rivals, children, and his boss.
- Vendors named or displayed include: McDonald's, TiVo, Staples, Best Buy, Bed, Bath & Beyond, TGI Friday's; products (named and pictured) include: Hostess Twinkies, Yodels, and cupcakes, Bose, Chuck Taylor high-tops, Cup Noodles, Speedo, Lucky Charms, Coca-Cola.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Wine, liquor, and beer drinking, cigar-smoking; references to drugs (acid, crack, marijuana, morphine), image of someone smoking hashish.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it