A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Ready to Mingle is the English-subtitled version of the Mexican romantic comedy Solteras. The cast are all adults in their 30s or older, and the iffy premise is that Ana is obsessed with getting married mostly because all her friends are now married and she thinks that will make her happy. Positive messages and role models about making yourself happy without worrying what everyone else is doing come through in the end. Some making out and kissing with clothes on and implied sex (waking up in bed together in underwear). A male stripper's large bulge is clearly outlined through underwear and a bare buttock is seen briefly from behind. A couple of times women react in horror, played for comedy, when they see male genitalia. Sex talk includes not having sex on the first date, vibrators, and "hand jobs." Strong language translated from Spanish includes "f--k," "s--t," and "bitch." Adults frequently drink alcohol in social situations; several times excess is shown for comedic effect and no consequences are shown. One character smokes.
What's the story?
Ana (Cassandra Ciangherotti) is not quite READY TO MINGLE after her ultimatum causes her boyfriend to break up with her. Ana's life becomes a mess and she's convinced that getting married will make her happy. But how to find Mr. Right? She finally decides to take a workshop on how to get a man to propose, where she and her classmates learn how to dress and behave based on what men want and what they're looking for, as well as various manipulative techniques that will encourage a man to propose. After a few false starts Ana meets Diego (Juan Pablo Medina), a very handsome architect who ticks all the right boxes when it comes to the perfect boyfriend. But the hoped-for proposal isn't coming soon enough for Ana, so she tries one of the oldest and worst tricks in the book on Diego. Will the trick pay off and lead to Ana's happily-ever-after?
Is it any good?
Once you set aside the iffy premise and cliches, this romantic comedy in Spanish with English subtitles has some genuine, if small, laughs and a refreshing ending. But you have to wait a long time before it's clear that the ultimate message of Ready to Mingle avoids the typical happily-ever-after. Thanks to a strong cast led by Cassandra Ciangherotti's enjoyable performance as the lovable train wreck, there's some enjoyment to be had along the way.
Even though the overall tone is warm and engaging, most of the humor comes from ideas about what women want and how men are in relationships that are pretty worn out. The characters are all in their 30s, but there's some teen appeal in comparing their own hopes and expectations in life to Ana's, so it's a good chance to talk about what they want from life and what makes or doesn't make a solid foundation for happiness. Areas of concern include frequent and excessive alcohol use and adult, non-graphic sexual situations.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how Ready to Mingle shows Ana's obsession with getting married. Why does she want to so badly? How important is getting married to your own future? What makes you truly happy in life?
Does it seem like there's a lot of drinking in this movie? Is it glamorized? What are the consequences of drinking alcohol, and are any of them shown?
What are some of your favorite romantic comedies? How does this one compare?
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