A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie seems to approve of manipulation, lies, and using jealousy to get someone to make a commitment.
Violence & Scariness
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Strong sexual references and situations for a PG-13.
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Some strong language.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink and smoke.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie has sexual references and situations that are close to the R-line for a PG-13. There's also crude bathroom and sexual humor. It's supposed to be funny that an elderly man repeatedly asks someone to hold his private parts, and there are jokes about crabs and groupies and a discussion of sexual fantasies. Characters use some strong language. Characters drink a lot, especially when upset, and there are repeated jokes about giving liquor to a dog. And the movie seems to approve of manipulation, lies, and using jealousy to get someone to make a commitment. One strength of the movie is its portrayal of attractive and capable minority characters. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Bright stars can't save this over-plotted and under-directed romantic comedy. The few good ideas and funny moments are outweighed by too many "none of this would have happened if people had been logical and honest" complications and too much unnecessarily ugly attempted humor. Once Quincy's book hits it big, the movie lurches into a leaden daisy-chain of mistaken identity mix-ups that hold the interest of the characters on screen much longer than they do the audience's in watching it or mine in explaining it.
Fox, Chestnut, Union, and Esposito are all exceptionally talented, attractive, and fun to watch. They give the material far more than it deserves. But director Daniel Taplitz is too attached to his own screenplay and gives more time to each of the increasingly tedious developments than they require, breaking some important rules himself -- the ones about how to make a movie worth watching.
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