A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie ultimately has a positive message about the value and power of love and trust. Almost all of the characters begin the film emotionally hampered or withdrawn, but they all learn to love and let themselves be loved and to overcome their trust issues.
Positive Role Models
The characters here aren't perfect -- in fact, many of them have big personal challenges to face -- but they learn important things over the course of the movie, from learning to love and trust to living with (and accepting) medical problems.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Characters spend a great deal of time flirting and kissing, with plenty of talk about relationships and sex. Sex is implied, but no sex or nudity is shown.
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"F--k" is heard many times, but not constantly. Other words include "s--t," "a--hole," and "whore."
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Products & Purchases
The main character uses an Apple computer, which is shown repeatedly but not mentioned by name.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Most of the adult characters are seen drinking in bars and/or restaurants, sometimes to excess. Their hangovers are played for humor.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this indie romantic dramedy set in New York -- which was written and directed by star Josh Radnor of TV's How I Met Your Mother -- focuses on three young couples, each of whom is having some kind of relationship trouble. Teens may or may not be interested in the love woes of older characters, but most of the content is age appropriate for mature teenagers: There are several uses of "f--k" (the main reason for the movie's R rating), plus some drinking, flirting, and kissing (anything more intimate is implied rather than shown). To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The movie plays well in little bursts, with some sharp dialogue to make things sound good. After several years on the hit TV show How I Met Your Mother, Radnor makes his feature writing and directing debut with this indie dramedy. The movie suggests that Sam is good with short stories but not so good with novels, and that's how this movie is, too. The overall storylines and emotional threads don't really go very deep or very far.
It also smacks of cheap shortcuts, such as Rasheed, whose character is used more for laughs than for responsibility, or Annie's unnamed disease. Whenever the movie has nothing to say, it resorts to playing a sensitive song by an ironic singer/songwriter. While the performances are fine, the characters are fairly shallow, and it seems like their happy endings come too quickly and too easily; they could probably have used a lot more work.
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