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THE FAMILY PLAN

"Excessive Gratuitous Foul Language Ruins Pro-Family Action Comedy"

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THE FAMILY PLAN is a comical thriller on Apple TV+. Mark Wahlberg stars as Dan Morgan, a government assassin hiding from his former rogue outfit for 18 years. Dan has established a quiet life in Buffalo as a suburban father. He and his wife, Jessica, have two teenage children and an infant son, a pleasant surprise. When Dan’s cover is blown, he arranges a road trip to Vegas to meet a forger he used to craft his current identity, to create new identities for the whole family. As assassins try to kill them, Dan keeps his family in the dark until he can find the right time to tell them the truth.

Despite intense violence, THE FAMILY PLAN maintains a comical tone until the final battle with assassins from the hero’s former outfit. Some scenes are pretty hilarious, especially when the camera cuts to the infant’s funny reactions to what’s happening. However, the movie’s comedy and excitement are spoiled by at least 53 obscenities and 39 profanities, including four “f” words and three strong profanities. So, MOVIEGUIDE® rates THE FAMILY PLAN unacceptable.

Content:

(B, PP, LLL, VV, S, N, A, MM)

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Light moral, pro-family worldview, plus the teenage daughter’s radical college boyfriend turns out to be a jerk, so the movie mocks his Anti-American, anti-conservative Marxist platitudes, which are briefly revealed in one scene (the girl is a high school senior preparing to attend college while the boyfriend has just started college)

Foul Language:
At least, 47 obscenities (including three “f” words), one Jesus profanity, two GD profanities, 36 light profanities, and about six obscenities (including one “f” word) in a song during the end credits, plus teenage girl flashes two obscene gestures at her bedroom door after she has an argument with her mother

Violence:
Strong intense action violence includes intense fight scene between hero and a villain while the hero has his infant son strapped to his chest, gun battles between hero and henchmen alone in two scenes, hero fights one henchman then shoots him dead, gun battle in a crowded video gaming venue, hero shoots it out with other henchmen in an abandoned Vegas hotel while his wife engages in an intense fistfight with the femme fatale in the story (fight is rather rough at times), three car chase scenes (one happens at night while the hero’s family is asleep as he turns up the volume on some sleep inducing music running through their headphones, during which he fires his gun out the window and tries to make villains on motorcycles skid out)

Sex:
Implied marital sex after kissing, college freshman has another girl in is room when his girlfriend (a senior in high school) unexpectedly shows up at his dorm room, and there’s some dialogue with innuendo

Nudity:
Upper male nudity in bed after married couple becomes intimate

Alcohol Use:
Some alcohol use includes hero’s wife takes up a challenge from some fraternity guys during an outdoor college function to do a handstand on a keg of beer, and she says, “Beer me,” so that one of the guys can shoot beer from the keg, through a hose and into her mouth

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking or drugs; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
Man has to lie to his family until he’s ready to tell them about his past life, and his two teenage children keep secrets from him and his wife.

More Detail:

THE FAMILY PLAN is a comical thriller on Apple TV+ about an assassin hiding from his former outfit who must keep his family in Buffalo safe and in the dark until he can meet a friend who’s preparing fake identities for all of them. Starring Mark Wahlberg, THE FAMILY PLAN is exciting and often hilarious, with lots of intense action violence, but the plot sags a little bit in the middle, and the movie has at least 53 obscenities, including four gratuitous “f” words, plus three strong profanities, and more than 35 light profanities, which ruin the experience of watching this pro-family action comedy.

Dan Morgan seems to be an earnest, mild mannered car salesman and family man with three children, including an infant son who arrived unexpectedly. He’s devoted to his wife, Jessica, though she sometime wishes he were more spontaneous and not such a homebody. However, when they married 18 years ago, Dan actually was a former government assassin who’s hiding from his mercenary outfit because they started doing immoral, non-governmental jobs he despised.

The night of their 18th Anniversary, they go to the amusement park where they had their first date. A bully at the park takes their photo. Dan tries to stop him before he posts it on social media, but the younger man refuses. Then, when he pours his red soda over Dan’s head. Dan wants to punch the guy’s lights out, but being a macho fighter isn’t part of his cover. So, he lets it go.

The next day, Dan is shopping at a local supermarket. His infant son, Max, is strapped to his chest. The next thing he knows, a man is trying to kill him, but Dan is able to knock him unconscious.

Dan rushes home. He assumes his former boss and mentor, McCaffrey, has found him through the bully’s social media post. His identity burned, Dan gets out his hidden go bag filled with money. However, his family’s passports are out of date. So, he calls Augie, the man who forged his identity years ago. Dan figures Augie is trustworthy because he hasn’t exposed his fake identity all these years. He asks Augie to work up new identities for him and his family and meet him in Vegas. Meanwhile, he contacts his wife and other two children and tells them he’s decided to take them on a road trip from Buffalo to Vegas.

On the road trip, Dan’s former boss keeps sending assassins after them, and Dan invents clever ways to keep them in the dark. Meanwhile, however, he tries to figure out the right moment to tell his wife and children about his former life.

Despite lots of intense violence, THE FAMILY PLAN maintains a comical tone until the final battle between Dan and his family and his former mentor’s assassins. Some scenes are pretty hilarious, especially when the camera cuts to the infant’s funny reactions to what’s happening around the family.

However, although the story is all about Dan protecting his family and trying to stop the bad guys, THE FAMILY PLAN has frequent gratuitous foul language, including several “f” words, more than 40 other obscenities, three strong profanities, and more than 35 light profanities. All the foul language ruin the experience. So, MOVIEGUIDE® finds THE FAMILY PLAN excessive and unacceptable. The movie also has light references to marital sex. Also, there’s a scene where the teenage daughter, a senior in high school, discovers her boyfriend, who’s just gone off to college, has a girl in his dorm room. Finally, some of the fighting is rather intense, especially when an evil female villain knocks the hero’s wife around during the climax.

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Our small team works tirelessly to provide resources to protect families from harmful media, reviewing 415 movies/shows and writing 3,626 uplifting articles this year. We believe that the gospel can transform entertainment. That’s why we emphasize positive and faith-filled articles and entertainment news, and release hundreds of Christian movie reviews to the public, for free. No paywalls, just trusted, biblically sound content to bless you and your family. Online, Movieguide is the closest thing to a biblical entertainment expert at your fingertips. As a reader-funded operation, we welcome any and all contributions – so if you can, please give something. It won’t take more than 52 seconds (we timed it for you). Thank you.