A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Dancing is better than fighting.
Positive Role Models
We're told an arrogant, controlling jerk is actually a nice guy.
The action is set in Mumbai with an Indian cast.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Two adults kiss but decide not to proceed further. A wife withholds sex from her husband until he can get his best friend off their couch.
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"F--k," "s--t," "hell," "ass," "booty," and "poop."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink alcohol; some get drunk. Someone says Botox is a girl's best friend.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Plan A Plan B is an Indian romantic comedy about a matchmaker who opens shop in a shared office space with a divorce lawyer. They instantly detest each other, which predicts they will traipse happily ever after into the sunset together by the film's end. Throw in some dancing and music, alcohol and drunkenness, kisses, and references to sex, and the formula is complete. Language includes "f--k," "s--t," "hell," "ass," "poop," and "booty." In Hindi with English subtitles. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
In Mediocre Romantic Comedy Land, the believability of the outcome of Plan A Plan B depends entirely on our willingness to accept that a smug, superior, controlling jerk is also a really lovely guy. Supposedly he has high moral standards and a soft spot for aging widows. But little in the movie supports that premise. Initially, when Nirali, who has given up on love, meets Kosty, nothing about their interaction predicts she'll find something to love in the jerk, except that that's the outcome written into the rules of romantic comedy. A few clever lines dispersed throughout don't make up for a complete abdication of character-building in this weak script. Why, for instance, won't Kosty give his estranged wife a divorce? He is, after all, a divorce attorney! But, hey, it's Mediocre Romantic Comedy Land.
We've all seen this movie before. Someone tries (not that hard) to tell Kosty that the person he's viciously badmouthing is standing right behind him, but he keeps spewing the vitriol. He finally realizes Nirali has heard his entire tirade against her and, although nothing in his personality has so far suggested he would care, for some inexplicable reason he feels bad. He's been saying equally hurtful things right to her face and Nirali hasn't flinched. Now, equally inexplicably, she is in tears. Of course she is. It's a Mediocre Romantic Comedy.
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