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Malibu's Most Wanted

2003 PG-13 1h 26m DVD

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Malibu's Most Wanted

2003 PG-13 1h 26m DVD
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Brad (Jamie Kennedy) is a rap star wanna-be who hails from Malibu but acts and talks as if he's from the 'hood. Problem is, Brad's uptight Republican dad (Ryan O'Neal) is running for governor of California and is worried that his son will embarrass him during the campaign. Enter two Juilliard-trained actors (Taye Diggs and Anthony Anderson), who disguise themselves as "real-life gangstas," kidnap Brad and try to scare the ghetto out of him.
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Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
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age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Malibu's Most Wanted is the story of a wealthy white gubernatorial candidate's son who believes he's a rapper "from the streets" ... of Malibu. Much of the humor is derived from satirizing class and cultural differences between relatively privileged white people and African Americans from poorer neighborhoods, and how the two perceive each other. The "N" word is used several times, as is other profanity. There's gunplay -- with fake guns at first, but inevitably culminating in a drive-by that turns into a machine-gun battle between rival gangs. There's a fantasy sequence in which a young woman takes off her top, and in one scene a character mistakenly believes he sees oral sex being performed.

Sexual Content

The lead female character's back side is filmed at close range as she enters a coffee shop; this leads to a fantasy sequence in which she takes off her top in the coffee shop. The lead male character is seen flirting in bed with two women. A character enters a bedroom and mistakenly believes that he sees oral sex being performed.


A character who thinks a gun isn't real shoots himself in the foot. He is later shot in the rear end with a harpoon. Characters pretending to be gangsters point fake guns at another character's head. A character keeps a fake gun in the band of his sweat pants after being ordered to hold up a liquor store; when the clerk sees it, he, his wife, and his daughter, pull out real guns and point them at the characters head, chest, and groin area, respectively. A drive-by occurs between two rival gangs, culminating in the main character standing on a car and firing two uzi machine guns, killing no one but damaging cars. A Hummer, and later a Mercedes, are driven through a house. A character is thrown out of a club and tossed into a dumpster.


The "N" word is used on several occasions. A fake campaign flier pledges support for "bitches and hos." "Ass, " "hell," "damn," "Goddamn." Slang popularized by Snoop Dogg: "shiznit," "biatch."

Social Behavior

Somewhere in Malibu's Most Wanted is an argument for being yourself and accepting people for who they are, but you have to sit through a lot of jokes to get there.


A character is sent into a liquor store to buy 40 ounces of Olde English malt liquor. At a party, this is the only beverage characters drink.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Characters are seen holding and drinking cans and bottles of malt liquor. Early in the film, a character is shown holding a glass of champagne in a limousine.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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