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My Fake Fiance

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Romcom is cute, but story is based on deception.
  • Review Date: April 18, 2009
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2010
  • Running Time: 95 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Jennifer and Vince set out to knowingly deceive their family and friends and prey on their generosity by planning a fake wedding. Though the end result is rosy, their relationship definitely isn't a model of true love or good behavior. Vince is also a habitual gambler who's indebted to a loan shark.

Violence

In a few scenes, two thugs rough up Vince, point a gun at him, and threaten his life when he can't pay his debt to a loan shark. But the movie's light tone keeps the mood fairly friendly.

Sex

One brief make-out session (kissing and some fondling), and a few other instances of kissing. Adults sometimes mention sex in slang terms like "bang hot chicks" and "horizontal hokey pokey" or allude to performance in bed. A minor character's homosexuality is mentioned in passing.

Language

One use of "damn."

Consumerism

Greed for presents and cash is the main motivation for Jennifer and Vince's deception.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Adults drink champagne, beer, and wine with dinner.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this romantic comedy centers on acquaintances who hatch a scheme to get married just for the gifts and cash. Despite the movie's lighthearted spin on the scenario -- and the inevitable happy ending -- the premise sends some iffy messages about love, marriage, and the real-life repercussions of serious issues like gambling. Factor in some intermittent sexual allusions (phrases like "bang hot chicks," for example) and light-duty violence (thugs punch Vince and threaten him with a gun), and it's clear that this movie isn't meant for young kids.

What's the story?

Cupid's arrow misses its mark when Jennifer (Melissa Joan Hart) and Vince (Joey Lawrence) meet at a mutual friend's wedding and quickly develop a distaste for each other. Sassy, sharp-tongued Jennifer finds nothing appealing in rough-edged Vince, and the two happily go their separate ways at evening's end. But when all of Jennifer's possessions are stolen and she has no means to furnish her new home, she proposes to Vince -- who's got money troubles of his own -- that they fake a wedding to haul in the gifts and cash. Their plan runs smoothly until Jennifer gets cold feet from the realization that she's put their families' feelings at risk. It's up to Vince to convince her that there might just be a fairy-tale ending in their future after all.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

It's tough to make a romantic comedy without some level of predictability, but MY FAKE FIANCE has enough surprises to keep the plot fairly fresh. Hart and Lawrence are believable as a romantic odd couple who can't look past their frustration with each other to see that their true feelings might be something else entirely. The Sopranos' Steve Schirippa adds to the fun as a good-hearted loan shark who's not bashful about rooting for a happy ending for the unlikely couple.

As movies go, this one is relatively light on iffy content (kissing, some mild sex talk, and a few instances of violence tempered by humor), but it still sends some iffy messages about mature relationships and the meaning of marriage. It's not for little kids, but teens and adults will get a kick out of the characters' skewed view of relationships, as well as the story's suggestion that love can be found in the most unlikely of places.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about relationships. Teens: What personality traits are important to you in a boyfriend or girlfriend? How do you think you'll know when you find the "right" person? Do you hope to get married someday? What do you expect from marriage? How do you think the media portrays love and marriage in TV series and movies? Do you think this portrayal reflects society's views, or does society respond to what the media tells us is right?

Movie details

DVD release date:April 20, 2010
Cast:Joey Lawrence, Melissa Joan Hart, Nicole Tubiola
Director:Gil Junger
Studio:ABC Family
Genre:Comedy
Run time:95 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Kid, 12 years old June 27, 2011

Good movie :)))

Mature tween's and teens will love this movie. There is a few moments that parents won't like their 11 year old's to see, but other then that this move is great!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Teen, 17 years old Written bygabclima August 21, 2010
Good Movie, i had a good time while watching it....
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Kid, 10 years old August 17, 2010

Tweens only but I was very mature abut it

I love this movie. First it starts out as a scam to get money and furniture but when they pretend to get married they actually fall in love.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Great messages
Great role models

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