A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that while there's no nudity in Just Married, there are frequent sexual references and situations, some graphic, and some raunchy, including an attempted sexual encounter in an airplane bathroom and overheard sex in the next room. Characters drink a lot, often to help themselves feel better when they are upset. A character refers to regrets about having sex with someone after drinking too much champagne. There is strong language (and much attempted humor from the name "Pussy").
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What's the story?
Sarah (Brittany Murphy), the daughter of a wealthy family, wants a relationship where she won't always know what is going to happen next. Tom (Ashton Kutcher) is a community college graduate who wants to be a sportscaster but is currently the substitute late-night traffic announcer on a radio station. They met when he beans her with a football pass as she is walking her dog on the beach. A month later, they are living together, and nine months after that, they get married. Their honeymoon is one disaster after another and they argue about sex, money, and the in-laws. They hurt each other's feelings and they each worry about a past lie. Sarah never told Tom that she had sex with the guy her parents wanted her to marry. And Tom never told Sarah that he was indirectly responsible for her dog's death. Tom and Sarah have to learn to trust each other and to trust themselves.
Is it any good?
There's a reason that they call comedies like this one "sophomoric." It is because they are designed to appeal to high school sophomores who are just beginning to go out on dates. For the girls, there is a happy-ever-after love story with a wedding and it is even emphasized throughout the movie that the couple is very young, which makes it even more romantic -- if you are very young yourself. For the guys, there is that hit-on-the-head-style comedy of excruciation, with jokes on such always-reliable topics as a rich lady named Pussy, huge, electrical marital aids, body cavity searches, getting hit on the nose, getting hit on the head, and getting hit on the head again.
Murphy and Kutcher are cute together. They became a real-life couple while making this movie and their chemistry comes across on the screen. But JUST MARRIED relies too much on Murphy's twinkly laugh and Kutcher's goofy grin to cover up the tired jokes. Tom and Sarah are immature and annoying. At one point, in a crowded plane, they announce that they aren't talking to each other any more and the other passengers applaud. The audience felt the same way.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how people in any kind of relationship, but especially any kind of family relationship, have to learn how to communicate honestly and how to cope with catastrophe without blaming each other. What clues do you see to the strengths and weaknesses of the relationship that Sarah and Tom have? They have different backgrounds and interests, but they have some very important things in common -- what are they?
- In theaters: January 10, 2003
- On DVD or streaming: June 17, 2003
- Cast: Ashton Kutcher, Brittany Murphy, Madeline Kahn
- Directors: Andrew Adamson, Shawn Levy
- Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
- Genre: Comedy
- Run time: 95 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG-13
- MPAA explanation: extremely crude humor and sexual situations
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