Love, Wedding, Marriage

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Ho-hum romcom covers well-worn material; some iffy stuff.
  • PG-13
  • 2011
  • 91 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The movie's main message is that marriage can be difficult, and to make it work over the long run, honesty is mandatory.

Positive Role Models & Representations

A mother tells her daughter to behave as a daughter rather than a therapist, and yet she overshares.

Violence

Couples bicker pretty cruelly.

Sex

Discussions about affairs. A couple is seen making out in bed; the man is shirtless. Another pair kisses each other often, including in public. A man talks about getting "boobs" in another man's face, alluding to strip joints. A woman clad only in a bra and jeans has a man drink shots out of her navel. A woman walks around in her fancy undies.

Language

Words include "slut," "ass," "hell," "bastard," and "piss." Also a lot of "Jesus!" exclamations.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

An inebriated wedding guest blubbers and acts obnoxiously. Characters partake of wine and take shots off a woman's belly. A father-in-law and his son-in-law get drunk.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this romantic dramedy about a marriage counselor trying to save her own relationship as well as that of her parents isn't too likely to appeal to tweens and young teens, despite the fact that Kellan Lutz (of the Twilight movies) and Mandy Moore star. The subject matter is a bit mature -- including discussions of affairs and allusions to strip clubs -- and the pacing is slow. There's also some drinking, light swearing, and loud arguing.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byTeam Ethan Jostad October 30, 2011

My review (spolier alert at end)!

This was a great movie! Saw it with one of my girlfriends the other day and we laughed so hard! But it is a sex-based movie with the words Jesus used many times... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byNikole999 October 28, 2011

For movie

The movie is great !

What's the story?

Eva (Mandy Moore), a psychologist who's newly married to her boyfriend of two-and-a-half years, Charlie (Kellan Lutz), believes in happily ever after. That is, until her own parents' relationship -- which was the inspiration for her career as a marriage counselor, since they worked so well together -- starts to unravel. Eva's mother (Jane Seymour) is still smarting over a perceived infidelity when she and her husband were separated; Eva's father (James Brolin) is suddenly religious. Obsessed with helping them work through their problems, Eva starts to neglect her own marriage. Then she discovers that Charlie has a secret of his own.

Is it any good?

LOVE, WEDDING, MARRIAGE is as ho-hum as the advice that the supposedly wise Eva dispenses to her hapless clients. The dialogue and plot are ridden with cliches -- for example, during an argument with Charlie, Eva complains, of all things, about the empty toilet paper roll in the bathroom.

Though Moore and Lutz try their best, they just don't have chemistry. (On the other hand, Alyson Hannigan makes a cameo and nearly steals the show. And Seymour is fairly authentic and grounded.) And must every workshop coordinator be loud and quirky? Ultimately, this is one of those paint-by-numbers dramedies that you're better off skipping.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about infidelity. How does the media typically portray it? How does this movie compare? Do you think it's believable?

  • How does this film compare to other romantic comedies about marriage and honesty? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding relationships.

Movie details

For kids who love romance and comedy

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