One Small Hitch

Movie review by
Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
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Funny romcom has lots of sex, profanity, some drinking.
  • NR
  • 2015
  • 105 minutes

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

Positive Messages

It's always better to tell the truth. Love is when you can be yourself with someone. Some bad ethnic jokes about being Irish-Catholic and Jewish.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Not a lot of role models here.

Violence

A punch in the face. A character has terminal cancer and talks about dying.

Sex

Many scenes with characters in underwear and partially undressed; one scene where you can hear people having sex. Lots of innuendo and jokes about sex and relationships. Some explicit talk about sex and an ongoing joke about Brazilian waxing. A character gives birth in a hospital.

Language

"Bitch" and "s--t" many times. "Suck it," "t-ts," "hell," "ass," "goddamn."

Consumerism

References to Mad Men, Lost, and Sixteen Candles.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Lots of characters drink champagne, some until they're drunk; a few scenes of people drinking cocktails at bars. Molly takes a pill from a flight attendant that makes her loopy. A reference to Ecstasy. A character holds a cigar but doesn't smoke it.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that One Small Hitch is a funny romcom that's all about love, sex, and weddings, with the focus on sex. There's some partial nudity, and the characters spend most of the movie talking about getting ready to have sex (including talk about heart-shaped pubic hair) or having sex. There are some bad ethnic jokes about being Irish-Catholic and Jewish. There's also quite a bit of profanity ("s--t," "bitch," "ass"), drinking, and a few drug references (Ecstasy and some sort of sedative), making this edgy film best for older teens and up.

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What's the story?

Childhood friends Molly (Aubrey Dollar) and Josh (Shane McRae) agree to pretend to be engaged to fulfill Josh's father's dying wish to see him find a wife. As the two find themselves living together and their two boisterous families get a little too involved in planning their fake wedding, the two start to question whether they should come clean. But when they start having real feelings for each other, Molly and Josh have to decide if they're ready to get hitched for real.

Is it any good?

Although there's nothing new about this somewhat-raunchy romcom, ONE SMALL HITCH is a surprisingly fun and funny watch. The two leads have great chemistry, and both are engaging and endearing, even as they're put in predictable, cliché circumstances. It shouldn't be entertaining, but all the characters, even the typically vilified ones such as the "other woman," all are likable, which keeps you invested in the plot.

Although some younger teens may be entertained by the romantic story line, the focus on adult-relationship dynamics, bad language, and sexy content make this a better pick for older teens and adults.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Josh's decision to lie to his father. Do you think it's right to lie to someone to fulfill his or her dying wish? Or is it always better to tell the truth?

  • Josh's dad tells him he'll know he's found the love of his life if she can make him laugh. How do you think you know if you love someone? What qualities are important in a partner?

  • What's your favorite romantic comedy? Why is it your favorite?

Movie details

For kids who love romcoms

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