How Do You Know

Movie review by S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Complex romcom is sweet, if not a home run.

PG-13 2010 113 minutes

Parents say

age 12+

Based on 13 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 14 reviews

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age 10+

What Happens When You Meet Your Love on The Worst Day of Your Life

I think this is a sweet movie with a really interesting question: What happens when you meet your love on the worst day of your life? Our two leads are currently going through the worst times in their life, Lisa, has been cut from the Olympic softball team, and George, is facing federal charges for something that though he didn't do he would be found responsible for because he trusted the wrong person, his father (Jack Nicholson). Reese and Paul do a charming and sensitive job showing each character's devastation as everything they know is going to be changed without them choosing the change. How do you handle a bad life change forced on you in those first few days? They have a blind date on the day Lisa is cut from the team and both snipe at each other before agreeing to be completely silent. George quickly becomes infatuated with Lisa and her allowing him to just be in the moment. Lisa finds him silly, but not too interested at first as she is in a casual relationship with another ball player (Owen Wilson) who has decided she is the one to stop being a player (romantic player) with and settle down. I love how Lisa is constantly analyzing everything as she is basically trying to keep a float as her number one love (softball) is taken away from her. I heavily relate to her self-analysis and trying to make the best of a situation that you know isn't right for you.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 15+

Incredibly stupid

Premarital sex is prominent even though there's only one, barely graphic sex scene. Not even clever. The father-son issue leaves you hanging.

This title has:

Too much sex

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