Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that So I Married an Axe Murderer is an early Mike Myers film that intends to capitalize and expand on the humor the comedian developed while a member of the Saturday Night Live cast. Most of the laughs come from solid comic performances (including Myers in dual father and son roles), hip 1993 jokes and parodies, and a climactic farcical battle scene with thrills, spills, and some unhinged ax-whacking. The love story is played for fun as well as romance and has partial nudity (Myers naked from behind, lovers in a bathtub, a woman surprised in the shower); both pre- and post-sex kissing and cuddling; and one scene with a woman reacting to an unseen partner's antics under the covers. Obscenities and insults ("s--t," "piss off," "hell," "f--k," "bitch," "Jesus Christ," "pimp," "pickle up your ass") are often uttered with fervor by a perennially angry, middle-aged Scottish man. Characters drink in social settings and at home, sometimes to excess. Smoking is frequent; in one instance characters might be using marijuana. Generally, the topical humor and situations are intended for teens and adults. Specifically, the final action sequence would be disturbing for kids who don't clearly understand the difference between real and pretend violence.
Except for some passionate kisses, the sexual behavior arises from comic situations. An older woman is sexually aggressive with a young man, kissing him, grabbing his butt. Partial (no frontal) nudity: A man opens a shower door revealing a naked woman; a couple bathes together; pre-sex and post-sex cuddling with some exaggerated sexual noises; a man drops his pants; a towel falls, revealing a nude man shown from the rear.
Butchers gleefully chop, cut, and hack at meat. Extended comic climax has ax-wielding maniac chasing and whacking at hero: Characters dangle from roof; many near-hits with ax; scary angles, pounding music. Several groin kicks. A tale is recounted in which a butcher's eyes are cut out.
Occasional obscenities and name-calling: "s--t," "piss," "Jesus Christ," "hell," "bitch," "f--k" twice, "pimp," "horny," "pickle up his ass," "dirt bag." A joke refers to a woman's breast size.
Even harebrained, paranoid people can find happiness.
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Drugs / Tobacco /
Social drinking and some drunkenness. Characters smoke.