America: The Motion Picture parents guide

America: The Motion Picture Parent Guide

Advertised as irreverent, this faux history flick is actually chaotic, confused, and catastrophically stupid.

Overall D

Netflix: This animated feature film rewrites American history in an attempt to tell comical tales with a twist.

Release date June 30, 2021

Violence D
Sexual Content D
Profanity D
Substance Use C

Why is America: The Motion Picture rated Not Rated? The MPAA rated America: The Motion Picture Not Rated

Run Time: 98 minutes

Parent Movie Review

When Abraham Lincoln (Will Forte) is slaughtered by traitor and werewolf Benedict Arnold (Andy Samberg), his best friend George Washington (Channing Tatum) swears revenge. But since Arnold also slaughtered the entire Continental Congress, Washington is going to need to find new allies if he wants to stop Arnold and King James (Simon Pegg) from destroying America. To that end, he rounds up frat boy Samuel Adams (Jason Mantzoukas), witch/scientist Thomas Edison (Olivia Munn), the world’s fastest racist Paul Revere (Bobby Moynihan), and fabled warrior Geronimo (Raoul Max Trujillo). The King’s plans are moving quickly, and the revolutionaries are going to be hard pressed to stop him from sucking the fun and freedom out of the continent.

For my sins, I minored in history in university. Unfortunately, I think merely typing this synopsis effectively voided my degree. It also gave me a wicked migraine. This movie is stupid. And it’s not just the gleeful disregard for history that makes me say that. It’s literally everything else about this movie.

Now, I find that with comedies, it helps to be funny. I’ve also found that most comedies are, how should I put this…terrible at being funny. This one falls into the category of “films that mistake being loud, obnoxious, and constantly referential for being amusing”. I guess if the idea of a frat party in a museum tickles your twisted fancy, this animated disaster will probably have you in stitches. For my part, the only stitches I got were to reattach my skull when I tried to remove my frontal lobe – in my defense, I made the mistake of looking at the clock and realized I still had an hour of this movie left. Brain removal felt like a good decision.

You may be thinking: “This sounds perfect for teenagers then! They love the unutterably stupid!” Broadly speaking, you would be correct. Unfortunately, this film is grotesquely unsuitable for younger audiences, owing largely to the 80 f-bombs sprinkled through the runtime. There are also a lot of crude sexual references, as well as brief nudity, sex, and a scene in a strip club. If you’re willing to look past that, though, then I suppose you should feel free to subject yourself to the cinematic equivalent of doing a keg stand in someone’s front yard. If you don’t see why that’s a bad idea, I’m not going to try to convince you otherwise. I have better things to do. Like trying to figure out how to instantly delete this film from my memory and restore my mental equilibrium.

Directed by Matt Thompson. Starring Channing Tatum, Simon Pegg, Judy Greer, Bobby Moynihan, Megan Leahy. Running time: 98 minutes. Theatrical release June 30, 2021. Updated

America: The Motion Picture
Rating & Content Info

Why is America: The Motion Picture rated Not Rated? America: The Motion Picture is rated Not Rated by the MPAA

Violence: Individuals are frequently gorily murdered, including scenes of dismemberment, shootings, stabbing, disemboweling, and impalement.
Sexual Content: There are frequent crude sexual jokes. One scene depicts a couple having sex with no actual nudity. Another scene shows female toplessness.
Profanity: There are 80 sexual expletives and 34 scatological terms, plus frequent use of mild profanities and terms of deity.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Characters are frequently shown drinking. There are references to cocaine.

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America: The Motion Picture Parents' Guide

Does this movie make any valid points about America or American history? What do you think the filmmakers were trying to say? Do you think this was an effective way of communicating those ideas?

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If you want flagrantly incorrect American history, you can get it in a fun, family suitable way with National Treasure and National Treasure 2: The Book of Secrets. For a slightly more grounded take, you can also try Hamilton.