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Neither particularly intelligent and refined nor particularly uncultured or crude in style, content, or quality. I used to pride myself on my refined tastes when I was in college, but they've become positively middlebrow since I settled down as an adult. It's an inoffensive, middlebrow film aimed at middle-class parents in need of a few hours' distraction.
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middlebrow

mod. middle-class; average or mediocre. (Between highbrow and lowbrow.) She has average middlebrow tastes and drives a midsized Chevrolet.
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