Nobody’s Fool Parent Guide
It’s possible there is a good story buried somewhere in Nobody’s Fool; if so, director Tyler Perry didn’t find it.
Parent Movie Review
It’s possible there is a good story buried somewhere in Nobody’s Fool; if so, director Tyler Perry didn’t find it. Instead of a comedic drama about sisters who learn from each other, Perry has served up an interminable 110 minutes of profanity, casual substance abuse, and unconvincing romance.
The film opens with Danica (Tika Sumpter), or to be more precise, with a side view of her generously filled bra. The rest of her makes it onto the screen and we see her dancing in various stages of undress until she heads off, fully clothed, to her glamorous marketing job. This glossy perfection is interrupted by a phone call from her mother, Lola (Whoopi Goldberg): ne’er-do-well sister, Tanya (Tiffany Haddish) is getting out of prison and Danica is expected to pick her up and look after her. When Danica shows up at the prison to collect her sister, she finds Tanya having sex in the back of a truck with a man she has just met. It all goes downhill from there.
Danica does her best to help Tanya adjust to life on the outside: she lets her stay in her condo and helps her get a job at the local coffee shop, owned by Frank (Omari Hardwick), who has a crush on her. Tanya decides, in return, to help her sister who is in a long-distance relationship with a man she has never met. Believing her sister is being catfished, Tanya enlists the help of a television show to expose the man’s real identity. A broken heart results and Danica crashes at work, gets suspended, drinks too much, and goes to bed with Frank, despite her very ambivalent feelings towards him. The two have a lot of chemistry and Danica’s attitude to her new lover is composed of a mix of lust and regret. At this point in the relationship, viewers might wonder if the relationship is a keeper. The cutesy montage backstopped by “How Deep Is Your Love” certainly ticks the rom-com boxes. But Danica is such a self-absorbed character, so concerned with outer trappings, and so fixated on her list of a dream man’s attributes, that it is hard to care if her romance works out. When the inevitable plot twist appears, apathy is the most likely response.
Not surprisingly, the film has numerous content concerns. There are over 95 instances of coarse or sexual language in the film, along with mentions of prostitution and various sexual acts which cannot be named in a family website. There are detailed portrayals of sexual activity, with Danica and Frank having intercourse in multiple positions and rooms in her condo as the camera slowly glides across their perfectly toned bodies. Substance abuse is also a problem – Frank is a recovering addict and Tanya’s parole forbids her from using any substances. But Lola grows her own marijuana and is constantly high (which is treated as a joke), Tanya is always on the lookout for weed, and Danica drinks heavily when she feels stressed. Add various threats of violent revenge to this mix, and you wind up with a movie that is not suitable for families, children, teens, or anyone who wants to find a film with positive messages.
In a supposedly touching mother-daughter moment in the film, Lola tells Danica, “I never met anyone who got everything they wanted in one person. In the real world, you learn to live with the tiny perfections you find in the flawed people you come across.” Moviegoers, too, can’t usually find a perfect film but Nobody’s Fool doesn’t even have tiny perfections mixed in with its flaws. The biggest folly isn’t looking for perfection; it’s buying tickets to this film and encouraging Tyler Perry to produce more of the same.Directed by Tyler Perry. Starring Tiffany Haddish, Tika Sumpter, and Whoopi Goldberg. Running time: 110 minutes. Theatrical release November 2, 2018. Updated November 2, 2018
Rating & Content Info
Why is Nobody’s Fool rated R? Nobody’s Fool is rated R by the MPAA for sexual content and language throughout, and for drug material.
Violence: A main character talks about killing her sister’s ex-fiance. She then talks about killing a man who has conned her sister. She sets a man’s hair on fire. A main character attends a wedding, yells at the bride and groom, hits the groom with a bouquet and rants at the bride.
Sexual Content: A woman is shown dancing while wearing only a bra and high cut panties. A man and woman are seen from the shoulders up having consensual, adulterous sex in a truck. They are in multiple positions and the activity is very vigorous. When the woman talks, the man puts his hand over her mouth to silence her. A main character says that after five years in prison, any kind of sexual activity looks good. A main character speaks positively of prostitution and offers to provide sexual services to several men. A main character has a sexually coded discussion in a public place and gets sexually aroused. There are frequent discussions of female sexual arousal, male genitalia, and other sexual topics. Detailed filming of a couple having sex in multiple positions and in many parts of the home. There is no breast or genital exposure in the scene. A couple has sex in the back seat of a car: no explicit footage. A man discusses his rehabilitation from an injury to his genitals. He initiates sexual activity with a woman but doesn’t complete the act. He urinates in the sink and his naked buttocks are visible.
Profanity: There are at least 95 uses of profane, coarse, or sexual language in this film, including 21 sexual expletives and 6 racial slurs. Moderate profanities are used indiscriminately by all characters. A character has a tattoo with a crude word on it.
Alcohol / Drug Use: A mother grows and smokes weed. This is treated as a joke. A couple has sex in a truck and then fills the truck with smoke; it is not clear if it is cigarette or marijuana smoke. A main character speaks about selling marijuana and repeatedly asks for some. A mother tells her daughter that she should smoke weed to cope with her emotional problems. A major character drinks heavily in unhappy or stressful occasions.
Page last updated November 2, 2018
Nobody’s Fool Parents' Guide
Danica’s mother insists that she take responsibility for her sister. Does this seem fair? What can siblings be expected to do for one another?
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Another story featuring the bond between a responsible sister and her out-of-control younger sibling is In Her Shoes.
My Sister’s Keeper tells the story of a girl who is expected to go far beyond the norm in caring for her sister: Anna was genetically engineered to be a donor for her critically ill older sibling
Looking for a wholesome family story about sisters? Try Little Women and its story of four sisters who are fiercely loyal to each other through the ups and downs of life.