Parents' Guide to

Just Say Yes

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Flat Dutch romcom has sexual references, language, drinking.

Movie NR 2021 97 minutes
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This romcom from the Netherlands follows a comfortably familiar formula and has some fine performances, but the film is ultimately light on laughs and heavy on bad taste. Just Say Yes's Lotte (played by the charismatic Spanish-Dutch Cabau) is like a Dutch Bridget Jones, right down to her seemingly-inaccessible work crush, pressure to lose weight, and embarrassing gaffes as a new on-air reporter. It's awfully hard to believe this smart and stunning woman is the pushover she's meant to be at the start, and her male colleagues' dismissiveness of her feels more appropriate to an era 20 years prior to the first Bridget Jones movie, not 20 years after.

It leaves you wondering if you're missing something in the translation (this film was reviewed in the original Dutch with English subtitles) when lines clearly meant to draw a laugh fall so thunderously flat, like when Estelle tells her recently-jilted sister not to "take her own life" while she's out on a date, or when an exercise coach's motivational cheers promise a "tight body on that sex tape," or when a stranger on a park bench mentions "STD" and "itchy balls" on a phone call. Other scenes are thankfully more subtle, and the actors do the best they can with the material. The film's attractive urban locations are an added bonus.

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