Information for Parents
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 13+
Sweet, teen-friendly rom-com borders on the cliched.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this by-the-book romantic comedy is entertaining enough, and may offer laughs to teens who adore the genre. The sexual situations are very mild for the PG-13 rating, the language is only occasionally spicy, and a character gets very drunk in a bar scene.
- Families can talk about true love, or as the film likes to put it, “real love.” Is there such a thing? Do people only have one soulmate?
- What about Emma’s advice? Does the film subvert what she’s espousing in the movie? How?
- What about the genre itself: Do romantic comedies do love a disservice? If yes, how?
The good stuff
Positive messages: Uma Thurman’s character dispenses sage advice about marriage -- for example, roughly 43 percent of nuptials end in divorce, so it’s important to pick the right partner -- but, as is typical in rom-coms, the movie’s premise contradicts this somewhat.
Positive role models: The film’s central romantic setup begins with a lie, but everything that follows comes from the heart. Everyone just wants to find happiness, but the film, like many others like it, tends to generalize love.
What to watch for
Violence: Two men exchange sharp words over a girl.
Sexy stuff: A passionate embrace (kissing, groping) in an elevator, while security watches via camera; a woman takes her top off in front of a guy (she’s wearing a camisole underneath). A quick soft-focus moment showing a couple in bed.
Language: From “ass” to “crap” to “bulls--t,” and one instance of “f--k.”
Consumerism: One character totes a plastic bag with the logo for the pharmacy, Duane Reade, clearly visible. At a bar, name brands and logos for beer, including Heineken and Bass, are displayed.
Drinking, drugs and smoking: Friends, old and new, down shots at a bar, and one of them gets very drunk.