October 19, 2013
Teens will enjoy this one!
This film was a favorite 10 years ago! I still think it's great today and it's just fun to watch when you're in the mood for a funny, romantic teen comedy. It must be the 90's feel even though it's a year 2000 film. It's a love it or hate it kind of movie. It's very entertaining, fun and straight forward. It's basically about two friends Ryan (Freddie Prinze, Jr.) and Jennifer (Claire Forlani) who first meet on a plane at about 12 years old. Jennifer is outspoken and outgoing while Ryan is laid back and more on the serious side and is also disguised as a nerd. They're definitely opposites. They meet years later in college and quickly bond, however Ryan isn't as excited as her to meet again but after hanging out together on campus and talking about everything from relationships to every day life, their true feelings start to surface. Meanwhile, Ryan struggles to help his best friend and roommate Hunter (Jason Biggs) who's real name is Steve, to become more confident by being himself especially when it comes to meeting girls (Hunter/Steve has never had a girlfriend). And Jennifer's best friend Amy (Amanda Detmer) is also insecure and often gets jealous that Jen is spending more time with Ryan than she is with her. When a romantic fling happens one night, Jennifer admits it was a mistake which deeply affects Ryan and causes him to drift apart from her. After graduation, they meet again to figure out what they really want. Language is not too bad with a bit of mild cursing (no f-words). Violence includes a football player chasing Ryan dressed up as a mascot and injures him which appears like bullying, a girl slaps Ryan in the face for cheating, Hunter hits a guy at a bar in the head with a ball while playing pool and then beats him in the crotch with the pool cue stick - some guys are later shown chasing him, Jennifer smashes her ex-boyfriends music equipment after a break-up, Hunter talks about pretending to start fights to attract girls, Ryan puts some "fake crying" drops into his eyes and ends up going to a medical clinic, some complaining and arguments throughout. Sexual content has lots of sex talk (not graphic - just typical teen stuff), references that a college-aged girl often sleeps with guys she's not with, Ryan cheats on a girl he met at a party but confesses, two people go to bed together and there is kissing shown with characters undressing each other but nothing more, lots of talk about girls and how to attract them, reference to a girl having a shower with a guy but nothing is shown, Jennifer's best friend Amy kisses her out of frustration then apologizes. There is social drinking and rather tame party scenes. Fine for the 14+ crowd!