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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that teen girls -- especially those who are fans of Mandy Moore or The Office star John Krasinski -- will be interested in this romantic comedy. Because the plot revolves around a wacky minister's intense premarital counseling course, there's lots of talk about sexuality, parenting, communicating, and intimacy, but it's all handled in a comedic manner. The reverend's "no sex before the honeymoon" rule is harmlessly discussed and tested in many scenes -- although safe sex isn't discussed specifically. Language is on the mild side but includes "s--t," and "ass." The minister is highly unorthodox and all-too-willing to intrude inappropriately (illegal surveillance, for example) on couples in his class.
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The course's loopy group tests are predictable but funny, particularly those featuring a buffoonish groom-to-be played by fellow Office worker Brian Baumgartner. But its ludicrous that any respectable clergyman would become a crazy voyeur before every wedding ceremony or that a bride would demand to stay in such an invasive course -- one that actually involves "creepy robot babies" that emit fake bodily fluids -- just to get married in her home church. But this isn't a comedy that thrives on realism.
Moore and Krasinski don't have much to do besides watch Williams riff. They're charming actors, so the romance is believable enough, but License to Wed is basically a fluffy piece of Robin Williams cake. If you enjoy his flavor of comedy, this is an amusing, light flick. But if you're sick of his manic antics, don't bother to RSVP.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how romantic comedies typically depict engaged couples and weddings. Is the depiction at all realistic? Do you think a realistic look at a wedding would be as funny? What do you think of Robin Williams' portrayal of a clergyman? Do you prefer him in comedies or dramas?
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