Just Married

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Immature and annoying; the jokes are tired.
  • PG-13
  • 2003
  • 95 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 15 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.


Comic peril.


Many sexual references and situations, many graphic.


Very strong language for a PG-13.


Some product placement.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking


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").

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byshonda222 March 24, 2021

Out of touch and shallow jokes

The 2 main actors of the movie frankly are pretty terrible people, no one to look up to. Both have unreasonable expectations of marriage and what it means to be... Continue reading
Adult Written byGeorge M. May 7, 2018


Fine, boring start but it begins to get good when they go on the honeymoon.
Kid, 12 years old May 14, 2013

fantastic! but a bit too much....

In some ways , it does send out a positive message to kids who are in their teens or in their early teens to not do things you dont want to do. however the lang... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byUSCTrojan June 2, 2012

Just fine

Iffy for 12+

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?

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