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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
Some violence, including apparent fatal accident.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual references and non-graphic situations, no nudity.
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Very strong language.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink and get drunk, smoking, marijuana.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie has very strong language, sexual references and situations (not explicit), drinking (including references to alcoholism), smoking, and drug use. A character is in peril and there is a scary accident. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is a tangy romantic comedy that plays sly games of its own with time as the story unfolds. While it is not quite up to the writer/director's previous Next Stop Wonderland, it is a charming love story and a lot of fun. Tomei and D'Onofrio are terrific, as are Holland Taylor as Ruby's therapist, Tovah Feldshuh as her mother, and Anthony Michael Hall as himself.
There's a line in Splash that I thought of when I watched this movie. Tom Hanks plays a sweet guy who falls in love with a girl who turns out to be a mermaid. Utterly deflated when he finds out the truth, he says, "I don't understand. All my life I've been waiting for someone, and when I find her -- she's a fish!" The charm of that comment is that it is a metaphor for the way many people feel when they fall in love and have to grapple with the high-wire balancing act between intimacy and independence. That is certainly true of Ruby in Happy Accidents.
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