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OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
The following is a brief summary of the content found in this PG-13 rated comedy. Drug use is present in the form of a running gag about the girls unknowingly making pot-laced cookies that cause those to eat them to be high. Other drug references are present and some drinking occurs.Profanity is heavy due to at least 1 use of the "f" word, along with other words and phrases, and the use of the name "Dick" occurs several times as a double-entendre. A few other sexual references are made (including some about a porno film named for oral sex) and the two teenage characters are seen at the end of the film somewhat suggestively licking normal-shaped suckers with the word "Dick" on them.While played entirely for laughs, those involved with the Watergate conspiracy obviously have both. Beyond all of that, the rest of the film is pretty much void of any major objectionable content. Nonetheless, should you still be concerned about its appropriateness for anyone in your home, we encourage you to take a closer look at the listed content.For those concerned with repetitively flashing bright lights, a brief moment of that occurs during the closing credits.


QUICK TAKE:
Comedy: Two bubbly but somewhat ditsy teens stumble into and then unknowingly affect the outcome of the Watergate scandal during the Nixon presidency.
WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're fans of Dunst ("Drop Dead Gorgeous") or Williams (TV's "Dawson's Creek"), they probably will although the seemingly ancient political theme may seem too much like a history lesson for the target audience.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For sex-related humor, drug content and language.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • KIRSTEN DUNST plays a bubbly and outgoing teen who briefly cusses, doesn't realize she's making pot-laced cookies and inadvertently gets involved with, and then affects the outcome of, the Watergate scandal.
  • MICHELLE WILLIAMS plays her more reserved best friend who does the same, although she's more of a geek and develops a schoolgirl crush on the President.
  • DAN HEDAYA plays the Commander-in-Chief, an obviously corrupt politician who cusses, drinks some, and is mean to his dog.
  • WILL FERRELL and BRUCE McCULLOCH play competitive Washington Post reporters Woodward and Bernstein who nearly pee in their pants from the excitement of getting the scoop on the scandal.
  • DAVE FOLEY plays Bob Haldeman, a White House tough guy.
  • DEVON GUMMERSALL plays Betsy's brother who's into drugs (it's his pot that ends up in their cookies) and gets into trouble for attending a porno movie.
  • DETAILED CONTENT LISTING:
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    HEAVY
    Disrespectful/Bad Attitude |Alcohol/Drugs |Profanity |

    MODERATE
    Sex/Nudity |

    MILD/MINOR/NONE
    Imitative Behavior |Music (Scary/Tense) |Topics To Talk About | Blood/Gore |Frightening/Tense ScenesGuns/Weapons |Tense Family Scenes |Violence |Jump Scenes |Music (Inappropriate) |Smoking |

    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE: HEAVY
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  • The girls make "Hello Dolly" cookies from several ingredients, including walnuts surrounded by Larry's marijuana leaves (Betsy says that her brother said they were from the walnut tree).
  • We see Larry mixing whiskey and what looks like pills in a mortar as he tells the girls that the "old drugs" aren't working and that they need to create new ones.
  • Betsy tells Larry that their parents ate the pot-spiked cookies (she's not aware of the drugs in them), started giggling and ran upstairs and "I think they're having sex now."
  • We then see Nixon eating some of these cookies and commenting that they're "yummy" and are making him feel lightheaded.
  • Betsy's mom pours champagne for the family to celebrate Larry not having to go to Vietnam.
  • After Betsy informs her family that she was responsible for getting the U.S. out of Vietnam, Larry says "Whatever she's on, I didn't give it to her."
  • As the girls arrive at the White House gates, a guard eagerly asks if they have the Hello Dolly cookies (still unknowingly made from pot) and when they show them, the other guards excitedly gather around them.
  • Nixon gives some of those pot-laced cookies (still with the "secret" ingredient) to Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev, and soon he, Kissinger and others are joyously singing the song, "Hello, Dolly."
  • We see Nixon having a late-night drink.
  • After they come home to realize that their house has apparently been burglarized, Larry exclaims, "My stash!" and Mrs. Jobs then states that she needs a drink.
  • A young man takes a long hit from a beer bong while lying on the floor.
  • We see Nixon holding a drink with an open bottle in front of him and he appears somewhat intoxicated.
  • After the girls convince Larry that Nixon ate the pot-laced cookies, he says "Maybe that's why he's so paranoid" (as he takes a whiff from the walnut/pot container).
  • At the end of the movie, an onscreen title says that Larry helped invent Quaaludes that made him a lot of money.
  • BLOOD/GORE: MINOR
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  • The girls laugh at hearing a security guard farting (we hear it as well).
  • From a distance we see Checkers (the dog) doing his business on the lawn with Betsy saying "Would you look at all that sh*t."
  • We hear a young man belch.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE: *HEAVY
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  • Everything that's presented in the movie is done in a comical/satirical fashion.
  • Obviously Nixon and everyone else involved with the Watergate break-in have both, especially when they start trailing the girls and breaking into their homes, etc...
  • Two adult men spy on Betsy and Arlene with binoculars (while involved with the Watergate break-in), with one of them saying, "I'll take the one doing cartwheels."
  • Although sworn to secrecy, Betsy and Arlene tell everyone about them being "secret youth advisors" for the White House (although no one believes them).
  • The girls hear Nixon on a tape stating that the "God damn Jews are out to get me" as well as being mean to his dog.
  • Arlene snoops around Haldeman's home looking for evidence.
  • Haldeman calls the girls "bitches."
  • Some may see the girls cutting up an American flag and sewing it into hot pants and halter tops for them to wear as being disrespectful.
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES: MINOR
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  • Although it's entirely played for laughs, it's possible some viewers might find a scene where the girls go running down a dark alley screaming from a van that's following them as somewhat suspenseful.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS: MINOR
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  • Handguns: Worn by guards in the White House.
  • Rifles: Held by the color guard as the President leaves.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR: MILD
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  • Phrases: "Piece of sh*t," "The sh*t's really hitting the fan," "Lying sack of sh*t," "You suck, Dick" (written on a message addressed to the President), "Deep Throat," "Screw up," "Crappy," "Freak," "Snotnosed," "Bastards," "Bitches," "Up yours, man," "Jerk," "Schmuck," "Pain in the ass," "Shut up" and "Lame brain."
  • The girls put tape over a door latch so that it won't lock and they can then get back inside.
  • Some kids on a school bus give the girls "the finger" (for being late to board and thus ruining the trip to McDonald's).
  • Arlene burns photos of Nixon/other papers in a trash can in her room.
  • Haldeman calls the girls "bitches" and they in turn give him the "kiss my ass" gesture (kissing their fingers that they then take down to their rear ends).
  • The girls cut up an American flag and sew it into hot pants and halter tops that they later wear.
  • Nixon gives the girls "the finger."
  • JUMP SCENES: NONE
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  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE): MILD
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  • The film features a mild amount of comically suspenseful music in several scenes.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE): NONE
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  • None.
  • PROFANITY: HEAVY
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  • At least 1 "f" word, 7 "s" words, several double-entendre uses of "Dick," 5 asses, 4 hells, 1 crap, and 7 uses of "Oh my God," 5 of "Jesus," 4 of "G-damn," 2 each of "Oh Jesus" and "Swear to God" and 1 use of "My God" as exclamations.
  • SEX/NUDITY: MODERATE
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  • Two adult men spy on Betsy and Arlene with binoculars (while involved with the Watergate break-in), with one of them saying, "I'll take the one doing cartwheels."
  • Betsy tells Larry that their parents ate some pot-spiked cookies (she's not aware of the drugs in them), started giggling and ran upstairs and "I think they're having sex now."
  • A few jokes are made about the name "Dick" in unintended double entendres (such as one of the girls shouting "I love Dick" at a roller rink and everyone hears this and laughs at what she's said, and another where Betsy shouts "You can't let Dick run your life" as loud music suddenly stops).
  • Betsy's dad comes home with Larry and is mad at him for having gone off to a porno movie ("Deep Throat"). Later, when Arlene says that she doesn't under the title of that movie, Betsy whispers to her that it means (what sounded like) "The woman puts it in her mouth" and the two then scream and giggle over that.
  • The girls then use the name "Deep Throat" as their cover to the newspaper reporters. Later, as Woodward and Bernstein talk to their editor, he refers to the cover as "Hand job" but they correct him.
  • Betsy walks up to a young man she believes to be Haldeman's son and asks if he wants to make out (he quickly says "sure") so that Arlene can snoop around inside the house. Inside the bedroom, we briefly see a painting/drawing of an embraced, seated couple showing the woman's back and the man's legs around her on the floor. Arlene then pushes this guy to the bed, briefly kisses him and then comically rakes her hair across his face. We then briefly see the top of the backside of his underwear as he pulls down his pants after being accidently stabbed by a pin.
  • The girls cut up an American flag and sew it into hot pants and halter/bikini tops that they later wear (that reveal bare midriffs and some cleavage).
  • The girls hold up a sign for Nixon that reads, "You suck, Dick. Love, Deep Throat."
  • During the end credits the girls somewhat suggestively lick normal-shaped suckers that have the word "Dick" on them.
  • SMOKING: NONE
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  • None.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES: MINOR
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  • There's some brief talk of Arlene's father dying in a car crash before she was born (and thus she never knew him), although Betsy thinks that was just a convenient excuse.
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT: MILD
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  • The real Watergate scandal and how this movie spoofs those real events.
  • What was in the cookies the girls made and why everyone loved them so much (they had pot in them).
  • VIOLENCE: MINOR
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  • Not paying attention, Arlene plows right into a pillar while roller skating.
  • We see a few broken items in the Jobs home (after White House people have broken in).
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