Role Play parents guide

Role Play Parent Guide

This is the burger-and-fries of movies: safe and unoriginal but still kind of fun.

Overall C

Prime Video: During a date night intended to spice up their marriage, Dave and Emma get caught up in a murder investigation. While being questioned by police, Dave learns that Emma might not be who he thinks she is.

Release date January 12, 2024

Violence D
Sexual Content B
Profanity D
Substance Use B

Why is Role Play rated R? The MPAA rated Role Play R for violence and language.

Run Time: 100 minutes

Parent Movie Review

Although she lives a tidy white-picket-fence life with her husband Dave (David Oyelowo) and children, Wyatt and Caroline (Regan Bryan-Gudgeon and Lucia Aliu), Emma (Kaley Cuoco) isn’t just the energetic businesswoman her family believes her to be. Her frequent business travel is, in fact, a cover for her long-running career as an intercontinental assassin. She’s been able to keep that part of her life separate – until now.

An attempt to “spice up” their marriage by meeting at a hotel under assumed names goes badly awry when Emma is spotted by another contract killer who is aware of the price on her head. On his own, one little hitman isn’t much for Emma to deal with, but if her cover’s been blown, she needs to get her family to safety. And that’s going to take a little more…business travel.

As R-rated action comedies go, Role Play is remarkably tame. Yes, there’s a fair amount of violence, but that’s really it. There’s a handful of serious profanities, and infrequent social drinking, and almost no sexual content to speak of, in spite of the film’s rather suggestive title and premise. Mostly, it’s a fun little action comedy.

The story colors pretty safely inside the lines for an action flick, and while it certainly isn’t perfect, it seems to have a pretty good idea what it can get away with. The pacing is a little touch-and-go in spots, and the plot is riddled with holes, but charismatic performances from Cuoco and Oyelewo and a script that leans into the silliness go a long way in keeping the film on the fun side.

There’s really not too much I can say about the movie, if I’m honest. Cruising on down the middle of the road, Role Play doesn’t take any big creative risks, but it also stays out of the ditch. Is there a way to say something is mediocre without meaning it as an insult? It’s familiar but not wearing, safely derivative without being either a shameless knock-off or trying to be something it isn’t. And I appreciate that about the movie. There’s nothing wrong with a fun little date night flick that hits viewer expectations without a deluge of problematic content. Just don’t expect it to reinvent the wheel here.

Directed by Thomas Vincent. Starring Kaley Cuoco, David Oyelowo, Bill Nighy. Running time: 100 minutes. Theatrical release January 12, 2024. Updated

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Rating & Content Info

Why is Role Play rated R? Role Play is rated R by the MPAA for violence and language.

Violence: Characters are routinely beaten, strangled, poisoned, shot, and stabbed.
Sexual Content: There are several mild sexual references. A married couple are seen kissing passionately.
Profanity: The script features six sexual expletives, nine scatological curses, and regular use of mild profanities and terms of deity.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Adult characters are seen drinking alcohol, mostly in social environments.

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The classic in action rom-coms is Mr. and Mrs. Smith, but other films about the spy next door include Keeping Up With the Joneses, Central Intelligence, The Spy Who Dumped Me, and Mr. Right. A more family-friendly choice would be Spy Kids.