“The Brothers Grimsby” (Columbia)
By Catholic News Service
When a bumbling halfwit (Sacha Baron Cohen) from a poverty-stricken town in Northern England reunites with his long-lost brother (Mark Strong), a skilled secret agent, he not only compromises his sibling’s undercover operation but makes it appear that the operative has turned traitor. So the two are forced to hide out with the dumbbell’s live-in girlfriend (Rebel Wilson), his nine children and his protective community of eccentric slobs while the James Bond wannabe works to clear his name.
While Baron Cohen, who also wrote the screenplay, incorporates themes of altruism, family love and the inherent value of working-class lives into his script, as directed by Louis Leterrier, his pursuit of gross-out giggles demeans human sexuality and wallows in nastiness. Strong sexual content, including graphic acts and full nudity, constant action violence with some gore, drug use, extremely coarse humor, at least one use of profanity, considerable rough and crude language.
The Catholic News Service classification is O — morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R — restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.