A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
It's healthy to share your feelings. Love and kindness can lead to positive relationships. The anonymity of texting can allow people to be themselves and say what they really mean.
Positive Role Models
Male characters posture in front of their male friends. Stereotypes show men afraid of commitment and women in search of a wedding ring. Characters are willing to make sacrifices for others.
Brenda Song, who plays the female lead, is of Hmong and Thai heritage.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Adults flirt with each other and talk about commitment and relationships. Males and females appear to have different expectations about these. One kiss.
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Products & Purchases
Alexa drives a Lexus. Characters watch The Bachelor on television.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink wine and beer most evenings, at home or at bars, though no drunken behavior is seen. The client the characters are trying to land owns a winery, so several scenes involve tasting and appraising wine (and beer).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Love Accidentally is a formulaic romcom with some outdated gender stereotyping. Men keep up tough-guy appearances in front of their friends, not admitting to true feelings and calling classic romance novels "chick lit." Meanwhile, the main female character starts out only interested in being proposed to. The portrayals soften as the two lead characters get to know each other anonymously through texts. By day, they're working on an advertising campaign for a winery, so there's tasting and appraising of wine in the film. Adults appear to drink alcohol nightly on top of that, but there's no drunken behavior. There's one kiss. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
You've Got Mail for the texting age but with a fraction of the charm or emotion of the original, this San Francisco-set romance disappoints. Like the '90s classic, the two destined lovers in Love Accidentally find a virtual connection at the same time that they're clashing in person over a work conflict. Yet the stakes in their conflict are much thinner, and the resolution of their relationship is so rushed it's hard to believe the two have any romantic connection at all. Other aspects also feel off, like the open-ended coupling of two other colleagues, clumsy background music, and Denise Richards' odd turn as a matchmaking boss.
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