My Girlfriend's Boyfriend

Movie review by
Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Squeaky-clean romcom offers positive messages about love.
  • PG
  • 2010
  • 84 minutes

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

Positive Messages

Believing in yourself; following your dreams; integrity in romantic relationships; honesty in romantic relationships; accepting others completely; taking your time to get to know someone well before committing.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters are well-intentioned, honest, kind, and supportive of each other. They aim to behave ethically in love and in life.

Violence
Sex

Couples kiss a handful of times.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Couples order drinks at a bar; a champagne toast at work.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that My Girlfriend's Boyfriend is a wholesome romantic comedy about falling in love and being honest in relationships. A woman appears to be dating two men secretly without telling them. There's some light kissing with both guys, but it's otherwise squeaky-clean compared to many popular romcoms. There are some heavy themes, such as dealing with divorce, rejection, and not being able to have kids, but overall the film supports the message of a slow courtship, getting to know someone well, and what it really means to fall in love. 

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What's the story?

Waitress Jesse (Alyssa Milano) is recently divorced, but, encouraged by a family friend to get back out there, she gives her number to a writer, Ethan (Christopher Gorham), at the cafe where she works. Soon after, new customer Troy (Michael Landes) gives Jesse his number, and suddenly she's torn between two great but very different men, having to make a tough choice between which one is better for her. But things aren't always what they seem, and Jesse struggles to be honest about her past and the future that awaits her.

Is it any good?

It has a somewhat contrived plot that isn't apparent until the end, but in spite of this, the movie offers a nice counter to a lot of modern romcoms and stays wholesome throughout. It has hardly any sex in it and instead focuses on the slow and steady way people get to know each other, underscores what we're all looking for in a romantic partner, and how important it is to be honest with people along the way. The characters feel a little more believable than most, with a kind of affable chemistry and low-key humor that keeps things moving even when the plot feels far-fetched.

Some heavy themes about divorce and childbearing make this best for older kids, but overall it's a refreshing meditation on the merits of really taking your time and getting to know someone before committing.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about My Girlfriend's Boyfriend's plot. Do you think the movie's structure makes sense? Why, or why not?

  • How does this romcom compare with other romantic comedies you've seen?

  • What is the movie's main message about love? Do you agree?

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For kids who love romcoms

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