Little Black Book

  • Review Date: January 5, 2005
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2004

Common Sense Media says

A romance-free, comedy-free romantic comedy
  • Review Date: January 5, 2005
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2004

Age(i)

2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Lying, cheating, demeaning humor.

Violence

Tense. emotional situations.

Sex

Explicit sexual references for a PG-13, vulgar humor including vibrator joke and genital warts.

Language

Some strong language.

Consumerism

Clear brand labelling.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the movie has some strong material for a PG-13, including strong language, sexual references and situations, humor about genital warts, and a vibrator joke. Disabilities are portrayed as topics for comedy, including eating disorders and people with dwarfism.

Parents say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

Kids say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

What's the story?

Stacy (Brittany Murphy) is a TV producer whose mother (Holly Hunter) thinks that the cure for all heartache is Carly Simon music and whose dream is to work for Diane Sawyer. She gets a job with sleazy syndicated talk-show host Kippie Kann (Kathy Bates), who specializes in topics like "my grandmother is a hooker" and "midgets gone wild." Stacy is living happily with her boyfriend, Derek (Ron Livingston). When he goes away on a business trip, she discovers through his PDA that he's been in touch with three of his old girlfriends without telling her. She contacts them in the guise of interviewing them for Kippie's show and gets into more and more trouble, culminating in a humiliating confrontation broadcast on live television.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

LITTLE BLACK BOOK is a failed attempt at "I Love Lucy"-style hijinks, with a very unlikeable main character. No matter how wacky Lucy was, we always did love her. While Stacy thinks she is adorable (and Murphy clearly thinks so, too), she never gets us on her side. She lies, cheats, and is completely irresponsible with regard to her job. She lies to Derek's ex-girlfriends, telling them she is interviewing them for segments of the television program, but she never in fact seems to do any work at all. She's a nervous wreck over Derek's past and possible present involvement with his exes, but she never stops for a moment to think about what her own commitment is. And the ultimate conclusion is not just illogical, it is nails-on-blackboard-level insincere and condescending. Furthermore, the jokes simply are not funny. There may be a way to find humor in canine digestive problems, out-of-control little people, a gynecological exam, nose-picking, eating disorders, and painfully humiliating betrayals, but not in this movie.

Murphy has shown some quirky charm in supporting roles (Sidewalks of New York and Clueless) but is too insubstantial to hold the screen as a lead. Hunter shows us a glimpse of an intriguingly conflicted character, but she seems to be acting in an entirely different film. Bates is just annoying. The only character in the film with any appeal is the ex-girlfriend who really cares about Derek, played by the lovely Julianne Nicholson.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about he ethics of Stacy's treatment of Derek's ex-girlfriends, her poor judgment in accepting a job she could not feel proud of, and her lack of professionalism in the office.They could also talk about why Barb made the choices she did and, just for laughs, get into a discussion about why people watch television programs like Kippie's.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:August 6, 2004
DVD release date:January 4, 2005
Cast:Brittany Murphy, Kathy Bates, Ron Livingston
Director:Nick Hurran
Studio:Columbia Tristar
Genre:Comedy
Run time:90 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:sexual content/humor and language

This review of Little Black Book was written by

About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

Find out more

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.

See more about how we rate and review.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Teen, 16 years old Written byBroadwayDUDE02 April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
QUALITY
 

Another mildly amusing Murphy comedy.

LITTLE BLACK BOOK is another mildly funny Brittany Murphy movie that is between absurd and okay.

Adult Written bySusanPaul April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
QUALITY
 

Boring

Waste of time, not funny, not cute, just dull

Adult Written byCkellysfc April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
QUALITY
 

Poll

Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Top Kids' Movies: An Essential Guide for Families