A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Encourages being aware of behavior that may hurt other people. Promotes the idea that individuality should strengthen a relationship; having "a mind of your own" is better than abandoning personal likes and opinions to make someone else happy.
Positive Role Models
Main characters are hard workers, good friends, tolerant of others, and generous. They learn important lessons about love, honesty, and self-awareness. Small-town life is depicted as idyllic, safe, and community-oriented. Big-city life is characterized by noise, shallow relationships, ambition, and materialism.
Violence & Scariness
One punch is thrown.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Plenty of romantic kisses. Also: some responsibly sexually active adults.
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Occasional swearing and insults: "virgin," "whore," "pain in the ass," "schmuck," "screwed-up," "a--hole," "hell," "one-eyed snake."
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Products & Purchases
Some references in dialogue, others are visual: Budweiser, Michelob, USA TODAY, Busch, RCA, GQ Magazine, Redken, Pepsi, Fed-Ex, Everlast boxing equipment, UTZ snacks, Kenra hair products, and some local New York shops and restaurants.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Social drinking in several settings: in a bar, restaurant, at a luau, at home, at a neighborhood baseball game. The father of the bride is revealed to be an alcoholic and shown with a drink in his hand on multiple occasions; at one time he is very drunk and needs his daughter's assistance before passing out in her car.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the comedy Runaway Bride is fairy-tale light and will appeal to tweens and teens, as well as adults who like their romance on the fantasy side rather than dealing with real, flawed people and thorny situations. Even the trickiest problems are easily resolved, and, of course, everyone lives happily ever after. One punch is thrown; a character is an alcoholic (without the usual drama associated with that addiction); and there are a few off-color terms sprinkled throughout (such as "schmuck," "asshole," "pain in the ass"). There's little on-camera sexuality except for some romantic kissing and the implication that the characters are, and have been, sexually active. A few skimpy costumes are worn at a Hawaiian luau, and one T-shirt clearly reads: "Mountaineers do it against the wall." Lots of clear product placement. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
When people say, "They don't make movies like that anymore," this is the kind of movie they mean. It is a fine tribute to those classic 1930s screwball romantic comedies. Roberts and Gere create real screen magic together. Gere displays a previously unsuspected light comic talent that is utterly disarming. Roberts just gets better and better; like the character she plays, she is learning to rise above her "excessively flirtatious energy."
The indispensable Joan Cusack plays Maggie's best friend, utterly supportive despite having to live through four different bridesmaid's dresses. And three cheers for adding a small but genuine dose of psychological insight to give a little bit of substance to the story. Both Ike and Maggie have to learn something about themselves before they can move forward together.
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