A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Although the nice guy seems to end up with the girl, at first he's part of a scheme in which he pretends to be Kate's fiancé to further her career. Lying and subterfuge play a big part in the plot.
Positive Role Models
Kate lies and treats a nice guy insensitively. Sam only wants frivolous sexual relationships with women who belong to someone else.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
A couple is undressed but covered by sheets. A couple kisses heavily on a couch but remain clothed. Kate's mother asks if she's used contraception offscreen and she replies, "A diaphragm, a sponge, and a rubber." She also tells her mother, "We had sex, the really dirty kind."
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"S--t," "s---ty," "crap," "sucks," and "damn."
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Products & Purchases
Gulden's Mustard gets a big plug as the client of the agency.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Several characters drink alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kate lies to her boss, inventing a fiancé to give herself an air of stability. Much of the plot revolves around finessing farcical situations caused by the lie. Kate has an unrequited crush on the playboy Sam, but he only pursues her upon hearing news of her engagement, thinking she's unavailable. Kate wants to sustain the lie to keep him interested. They kiss in bed without clothes, but no body parts are shown. Characters say "s--t," "sucks," and "damn" and make sexual allusions. They also drink alcohol. There's not a lot here to interest kids, unless they're die-hard Jennifer Aniston fans. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Teens looking for an entertaining romcom can find much better. As Kate, Aniston uses her trademark comic timing to play the kind of wavering, passive-aggressive character she perfected on the television show Friends and has been entertainingly playing ever since. But some may tire of yet another of these similar performances. The urge to root for her is strong, but one is hesitant when Kate treats a nice guy so shabbily. After all she does to him, it's difficult to believe he wouldn't be glad to wash his hands of her.
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