A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No educational content featured.
If you love something (or someone), hold on to it. Themes about importance of family and second chances.
Positive Role Models
Samantha is a successful entrepreneur who treats her employees well and gives back to the community. The Banks are a loving, tight-knit family. A character goes above and beyond to help someone who's struggling financially.
Story revolves around upper-middle-class White family. While main character is successful in business, she works in fashion, which is a more stereotypical path for women.
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Violence & Scariness
A character takes a hit to the crotch, which is played for laughs.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Romantic plot with love triangle. Married couple has flirtatious exchange. Kiss.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A red drink is served in wine glasses at Thanksgiving dinner, but it could easily be cranberry juice.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Funny Thing About Love is a Thanksgiving-themed romantic comedy with pretty much zero iffy content. It's centered on an aspirational and successful woman named Samantha (Summer Bellessa), who finds herself unexpectedly in the midst of both a love triangle and a major career decision while visiting her parents for the holiday. Despite the family's scheming to get Sam and her ex-boyfriend back together, the Banks are a tight-knit family who are loving, supportive, and service-oriented. The plot is about weighing the risks between going for it and playing it safe, whether in love, career, or even your diet, and it makes for a good conversation starter with tweens and teens. One character takes a hit to the crotch (played for humor), there's kissing, a married couple has a flirtatious exchange, and wine appears to be served with dinner, but a bottle is never in sight, and kids might perceive it as juice. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
There are a few funny things about this family romcom, but the least of them is its comedy. The biggest question is the casting: Why put Jon Heder, a proven comedic leading man, in a small supporting role when he'd clearly be better used as one of the romantic leads -- especially since one is supposed to be a stand-up comic? The production suffers a great deal by sidelining Heder and giving the bulk of the dialogue to three less experienced actors. The script is nothing special, but it's elevated when Heder and veteran comedic actor Barry Corbin ("Grandpa Joe") are on-screen. They deliver almost all of Funny Thing About Love's laugh-out-loud moments.
Another curiosity is the fact that this is a Thanksgiving film that doesn't focus on gratitude. It's easy to see that the Banks are a family who have it all, and they do have an annual tradition of serving the holiday meal at a shelter for the unhoused. But other than the patriarch's Thanksgiving dinner speech, where he raises a glass to his blessings, there's not a lot of verbal acknowledgment of their privilege. And that's relevant because Samantha has to make a big decision by Thanksgiving day: sell her company for a big payout or keep running it herself and face an unknown financial future. But Sam is beautiful, successful, and White and comes from an upper-middle-class background, so the stakes never feel that high. She's going to be fine no matter which decision she makes. Ultimately, Funny Thing About Love serves up a multigenerational Thanksgiving romcom that won't leave a bad taste in your mouth, although it may put you to sleep.
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