Parents' Guide to

America's Sweethearts

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

So-so sitcom-like story of estranged movie stars.

Movie PG-13 2001 103 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+

a TON of sexual references

A ton of sex jokes -- way more than i was prepared for my 12 yr old to hear. Masturbation, 3 ways, the list goes on. Also a lot of bad language.

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It sounds like it can't miss -- a delicious situation created by a guy who knows how to write jokes, with an all-star cast; but it does miss. Billy Crystal, who wrote the script with Peter Tolan, delivers wisecracks, but he gives us television sitcom-like "onesa" characters (i.e., "one's a spoiled diva, one's a preening Spanish lover type") whose behavior seems prompted by whatever suits the scene rather than any kind of emotional truth -- and that, after all, is as central to the success of a comedy as it is to a drama.

A few insider digs at Hollywood and the press, repeated behavior with no apparent motivation, and some extended vulgar humor keep derailing this movie every time Julia Roberts' 1000-watt smile or one of the other star turns comes close to making it work.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: July 20, 2001
  • On DVD or streaming: February 4, 2003
  • Cast: Billy Crystal , John Cusack , Julia Roberts
  • Director: Joe Roth
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors
  • Studio: Columbia Tristar
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 103 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: language and sexual references and situations
  • Last updated: April 5, 2023

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