The Lovebirds parents guide

The Lovebirds Parent Guide

The masked cult orgy really puts a damper on this movie's potential for family viewing....

Overall D

Netflix: When date night goes wrong, it goes wrong in a big way, and the unfortunate lovebirds find themselves trapped in the middle of a dangerous police hunt for a killer. Worse, the police think the committed the murder, and now the unhappy couple have to race to clear their names before the cops catch up with them.

Release date May 22, 2020

Violence D
Sexual Content D
Profanity D
Substance Use A-

Why is The Lovebirds rated R? The MPAA rated The Lovebirds R for sexual content, language throughout and some violence.

Run Time: 86 minutes

Parent Movie Review

Jibran (Kumail Nanjiani) and Leilani (Issa Rae) fell in love at first sight – or so they thought. As their relationship continues, tensions which they hadn’t noticed in the beginning begin to wear through, sparking loud arguments. Eventually, driving to a party, they break up…but that’s not the worst part of the drive. Immediately after the breakup, a cyclist (Nicholas X Parsons) swerves in front of the car and bounces over the windshield. The cyclist is unwilling to stay and exchange insurance, though, and quickly takes off. As if that weren’t enough, a man identifying himself as a police officer (Paul Sparks) commandeers their vehicle and gives chase, eventually ramming the cyclist before fleeing the scene. Now convinced that they’re wanted for murder, Jibran and Leilani decide to go on the run, solve the case, and clear their names. But they soon find out that there’s more to this hit and run than they expected…

I don’t know why Netflix keeps releasing these unbearably boring crime-comedies, but I desperately wish they would stop. Coffee and Kareem was already more than I was entirely prepared to watch, and this is just some terrible icing on that tire fire. They have a great deal in common: excessive profanity, irritating character writing, and a very specific focus on cell phones as evidence in murder investigations. That last one is the least of the movies’ collective problems, but it is a weird coincidence.

In addition to the constant cussing I mentioned before, the sexual content is really going to make for some uncomfortable family viewing. Maybe it’s just my family, but masked cult orgies really put a damper on the lighthearted fun. Although give credit where credit is due, these crime comedies usually involve heavy drug use, which is thankfully absent in The Lovebirds.

Not that that’s nearly enough to save this. Frankly, even if the movie was an “A” across the board, I would still find the characters’ constant bickering irritating, the writing contrived and unoriginal, and the pacing so slow as to approach glacial. I think the relationship between Leilani and Jibran is supposed to be charming and fun, but frankly, I couldn’t fault the villain of the piece for trying to kill them – if only to get a minute of silence.

Directed by Michael Showalter. Starring Kumail Nanjiani, Issa Rae, and Paul Sparks. Running time: 86 minutes. Theatrical release May 22, 2020. Updated

The Lovebirds
Rating & Content Info

Why is The Lovebirds rated R? The Lovebirds is rated R by the MPAA for sexual content, language throughout and some violence.

Violence: An individual is repeatedly run over by a car. An individual is violently knocked out. An individual is kicked in the chest by a horse. A number of individuals are splashed with hot grease. A fistfight occurs. Several individuals are shot.
Sexual Content: There is some crude sexual dialogue. There is a scene depicting an orgy with brief (mostly posterior) nudity.
Profanity: There are 71 uses of extreme profanity and 46 uses of scatological cursing, along with frequent use of mild profanity and terms of deity.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Two background characters are depicted as intoxicated. There is a brief mention of marijuana.

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The Lovebirds Parents' Guide

Why do Jibran and Leilani decide to go on the run? Do you think they could have come up with better solutions to their dilemma?

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The Fugitive, starring Harrison Ford, is one of the best examples of an individual fleeing the police after being falsely accused of a crime.