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A Nice Girl Like You

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Frothy, forgettable romcom is sex-themed but not explicit.

Movie R 2020 94 minutes
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age 15+

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age 15+

A Comedy About Sex That I'd Want My Teen to Watch

This movie is getting dinged in reviews for NOT being edgy enough. That's why it's perfect for teens. Ironically not nearly as racy as most Netflix MA-14 shows or movies. The message is that it's okay to be curious about sex and not to judge yourself. All "sex" scenes take place with people wearing pajamas or with bra on from the top. The R rating must be for the "toys" that show up in a few funny scenes.

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This sex-themed romcom is a watered-down adaptation of a funny memoir about a good girl's guide to porn. Hale is believable as an uptight list maker who went to Harvard and wants to play for the philharmonic but somehow doesn't know a thing about intimacy and sex. But the White actress is miscast as the lead character: Author Carrillo-Gailey is a Latina/Taiwanese specialist in multicultural dating and relationships. Rather than whitewash the character, filmmakers should have found an Asian, Latina, or Asian-Latina person to play the role. Also, even though Gulaptis is charismatic, he and Hale don't have a natural chemistry.

Directed by the Riedell brothers, A Nice Girl Like You is conspicuously tame, far less rompy than high school-targeted comedies like Booksmart, Blockers, Superbad, or basically any Judd Apatow movie. It's not that the movie needed to be raunchier, but it would have been better if it had either more romance or more comedy. As it is, it's almost outdated in its quaintness. By changing the focus from porn to sex, the movie beggars belief that an educated, secular adult woman would be so out of touch with how grown-up sexual relationships work. What redeems the movie from being a total bust are the genuinely loving and unconditional relationships between Lucy and her closest friends, who form the rest of her professional string quartet. Mama hen Priscilla (Mindy Cohn), outspoken Nessa (Jackie Cruz), and understanding Paul (Adhir Kalyan) could have been judgemental and suspicious of Lucy's plan, but their support and encouragement lead to the movie's funniest and most sincere moments.

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