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Parents' Guide to

Happy Anniversary

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Romcom has lots of frank sex talk, strong language.

Movie NR 2018 78 minutes
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This directing debut from Jared Stern has a lot of cute, and a lot of quirks, but not quite enough genuine spark to lift it up above the crowded field of romantic comedies. Stern's strength is Happy Anniversary's smart, funny script, which is no surprise given that his writing credits include a few Lego movies and Wreck-It Ralph. Both lead actors are cute in different, slightly goofy ways, but neither brings much more life than you might expect from a decent sitcom. And that's pretty much how the movie plays: like a decent TV comedy that has a few laughs and passes the time amiably enough.

Teens who are wondering about long-term relationships, how you can be sure you're with the right person, and whether or not someone's worth going all in for might enjoy this light romantic comedy, even though the couple are in their early 30s. But it's best for mature teens who can handle the adult situations, strong language, and frank sex talk.

Movie Details

  • On DVD or streaming: March 30, 2018
  • Cast: Noel Wells , Ben Schwartz
  • Director: Jared Stern
  • Inclusion Information: Female actors, Latino actors, Middle Eastern/North African actors
  • Studio: Netflix
  • Genre: Romance
  • Topics: Friendship
  • Run time: 78 minutes
  • MPAA rating: NR
  • Last updated: February 18, 2023

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