America's Sweethearts



So-so sitcom-like story of estranged movie stars.
  • Review Date: April 18, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2001
  • Running Time: 103 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages





Some sexual references, references to adultery, masturbation


Mild profanity, strong sexual references

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking


Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is raunchier than many PG-13s, with strong language and sexual references and situations, and some comic violence. Characters drink and use (and possibly abuse) prescription drugs. A mental breakdown is treated as a comic development, mere self-indulgence rather than a legitimate illness.

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What's the story?

AMERICA'S SWEETHEARTS are two beloved screen idols whose films together have thrilled audiences and filled studio bank accounts. But she (Catherine Zeta Jones as Gwen) has fallen for someone else and he (John Cusack as Eddie) has had a nervous breakdown. Now their last film together is about to be released, and the studio is desperate for them to bring all of their star power as a couple to the press junket. Since the studio head has not actually seen the movie, all he has to stir up support from the press is Gwen and Eddie. And the person responsible for making it all work is Lee (Billy Crystal), a publicist so dedicated that he says if he heard that his mother died, he would spin the news by saying how much she would have loved the movie.

Is it any good?


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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how the movie presents movie star life. Do you think this is an accurate depiction of how celebrities live? What do you think are the good and bad parts of being famous?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:July 20, 2001
DVD release date:February 4, 2003
Cast:Billy Crystal, John Cusack, Julia Roberts
Director:Joe Roth
Studio:Columbia Tristar
Run time:103 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:language and sexual references and situations

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Teen, 13 years old Written byLoveOwenWilson September 11, 2010


John Cusack = *hearts x 1 million* so this movie was a can i say?? Julia Roberts? blaah!! it was cute, but her and him?? let's just say that was NOT meant to be huh?? otherwise the plot was OK :)
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Too much sex
Too much swearing
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Teen, 15 years old Written byaprilrocks16 April 9, 2008

The Funniest movie eva!!!!!

the 1st half hour was boring but u have 2 watch it to understand the rest of the movie! it's not so inappropriate 1 f word, 1 s word, 2 b words, 2 d words. and no sexual content execpt a little kiss and thats it. this movie is ok for kids!!! and its the best movie ever!!!!!!!!


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