By Nell Minow,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Explicit romance; unsupportive friends.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
Character killed in an accident.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Explicit sexual situations.
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Very strong language and sexual references.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking and smoking portrayed as necessary for bonding, character gets drun.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie has very strong language and many sexual references and explicit sexual situations. Characters drink and smoke and behave very foolishly and irresponsibly.
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What's the Story?
Three close friends get together every week to share their saddest stories about looking for love. The women are Kate (Andie MacDowell), headmistress of a school; Janine (Imelda Staunton), a police chief; and Molly (Anna Chancellor), a doctor. All three are very successful and capable and involved in the community. They just can't seem to get the love thing right. When one of them finds love, the others are not as happy for her as they thought they would be. While she is attending a funeral, Kate sees a handsome young organist (Kenny Doughty as Jed) who looks familiar. He was once her student, but is now grown up and, whether a reaction to seeing how quickly life is passing or just a need to be close to someone, she impulsively has sex with him. The bigger surprise is that it turns into a relationship of great tenderness for both of them. Molly and Janine find it disconcerting. Kate's radiant happiness rattles them. They persuade themselves that they are acting in Kate's best interest when they try to break up the relationship. But their meddling has unforgivably tragic consequences.
Is It Any Good?
CRUSH is uneven, partly because of its unconventional choice to make the story about the relationship between the three women rather than about the relationship between Kate and Jed. But its biggest problem is the awkwardly melodramatic interjection of a tragic death followed by a melodramatic pregnancy that threatens to turn it into soap opera.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how friends who are supportive when things are not going well may become jealous of each other's happiness, and how important it is to search our own hearts to make sure that we do not make that mistake.
- In theaters: April 12, 2002
- On DVD or streaming: August 20, 2002
- Cast: Andie MacDowell, Anna Chancellor, Imelda Staunton
- Director: John McKay
- Studio: Sony Pictures
- Genre: Drama
- Run time: 112 minutes
- MPAA rating: R
- MPAA explanation: sexual references and situations and language
- Last updated: October 1, 2022
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