THE BROTHERS SOLOMON

Not Our Forté

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Release Date: September 07, 2007

Starring: Will Forte, Will Arnett, Chi McBride, Kristen Wiig, Lee Majors, and Malin Akerman

Genre: Comedy

Audience: Older teenagers and adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 87 minutes

Address Comments To:

Michael Lynton, Chairman/CEO
Amy Pascal, Chairman - Motion Picture Group
Sony Pictures Entertainment
(Columbia Pictures/MGM/TriStar/Screen Gems/Provident)
10202 West Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232-3195
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Content:

(RoRo, PaPa, B, Ho, LLL, V, SS, N, A, MM) Strong Romantic worldview supporting surrogate mothering and mixing sleazy pagan content with very light moral elements (mostly for emotional effect), plus some homosexual jokes; about 55 obscenities (including many “f” words), two strong profanities and 16 light profanities; some comic violence includes men throw baby doll around so they can practice catching a real baby when it falls; strong sexual references related to making babies, references to sex magazines in fertility clinic, men are told to find out more about kids and they hang around playground leading to misunderstandings with parents and police and an arrest for being sex offenders, and some implied homosexual jokes; upper male nudity and some female cleavage and women in bikinis; alcohol use; no smoking; and, surrogate mothering, borderline jokes about race, and two social misfits make many faux pas.

Summary:

THE BROTHERS SOLOMON is a sometimes raunchy, often foul-mouthed absurdist comedy about two social misfits who decide to hire a surrogate mother so their coma-ridden widowed father can finally have a grandchild. There are too many sex jokes and too much foul language here to make this uneven movie acceptable entertainment, even discounting the theme of surrogate mothering.

Review:

THE BROTHERS SOLOMON is a sometimes raunchy, often foul-mouthed comedy about two brothers who hire a surrogate mother so they can give their coma-ridden father a grandchild.

Dean and John Solomon, played by Will Forte and Will Arnett, respectively, are morons when it comes to romancing the opposite sex. When they learn that their coma-ridden father expressed regrets about not having a grandchild yet, they decide to find two women they can marry to start a family. All of their attempts work out terribly, however, because Dean and John grew up alone with their widowed father in the Arctic and Antarctica. Some of these episodes are due to Dean and John’s complete lack of propriety in dealing with women.

John decides they should put an ad on Craig’s List for a surrogate mother. They find Janine, a white woman needing money who just broke up with her black boyfriend, James. James is at first upset, and both he and Janine are taken aback by John and Dean’s goofy, immature behavior. Soon, however, James and Janine realize that John and Dean are caring and loving – they just don’t know any better sometimes how to behave.

The plot thickens when Janine misunderstands John and Dean’s intentions, gets cold feet, and vanishes.

Like many comedies these days, the clean parts of the absurdist THE SOLOMON BROTHERS are winsome and heart-warming at times. Even so, the movie accepts the concept of surrogate mothering as normal. There are also many sex jokes and plenty of strong foul language, including many “f” words. The “heart-warming” moral moments occur in an emotional context and are thus related to the movie’s Romantic worldview rather than a really biblical one.

Considering all these qualities, this movie does not meet MOVIEGUIDE®’s standards of acceptable entertainment. In fact, MOVIEGUIDE® does not support surrogate mothering, because we think that all children should know, whether or not they are raised by their grandparents or by adoptive parents, that they have or have had at one time a married mother and a father. The widespread acceptance of “alternative” definitions of family is immoral and ultimately irrational.

In Brief:

THE BROTHERS SOLOMON is a sometimes raunchy, often foul-mouthed comedy. Dean and John Solomon are social misfits, because they were raised alone by their widowed father apart from society. Dean and John are also morons when it comes to romancing the opposite sex. When they learn that their coma-ridden father expressed regrets about not having a grandchild, they decide to find two women they can marry to start a family. After some dating disasters, they decide to hire a surrogate mother to birth a child by one of them.

The clean parts of the absurdist THE SOLOMON BROTHERS are winsome, funny and heart-warming at times. Even so, the movie accepts the concept of surrogate mothering as normal. The movie also has many sex jokes, borderline jokes and plenty of strong foul language, including many “f” words. Thus, this movie does not meet MOVIEGUIDE®’s standards of acceptable entertainment. In fact, MOVIEGUIDE® does not support surrogate mothering, because we think that all children should know, whether or not they are raised by their grandparents or by adoptive parents, that they have or have had at one time a married mother and a father.