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Ready to Mingle

Movie review by
Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media
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Subtitled romcom has cursing, sex, lots of drinking.
  • NR
  • 2019
  • 95 minutes

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

Positive Messages

Learn how to be happy with yourself. Don't worry about or compare yourself to what everyone else is doing. Make your own plans and reach for the goals that work for you. You can't build your future happiness on the foundation of a lie. Lots of iffy messages about how to get a man to propose based on the idea that your most important goal in life is to get married. Other iffy messages include cliches about what all men are like, and what women can do to manipulate them into proposing.

Positive Role Models & Representations

At first Ana wants to get married more than anything because she thinks that will make her happy. She's willing to do anything, including lie and manipulate, to get someone to propose. Eventually she becomes a better role model when she learns to get her life together for herself, and to pursue interests and friendships that she enjoys for her own sake. Diego is a dreamy example of Mr. Right who does everything right, all the time. Ana's workshop friends bond and become loving, supportive friends to one another. Ana's relationship with her sister and her family are strained until Ana learns not to be so self centered.

Violence
Sex

Kissing, making out with clothes on and no body parts shown. A woman undresses walking through a house; nudity is implied but only a bare back is shown. A male stripper gets down to his underwear with a very large, clear bulge visible through his underwear and from behind a partial butt cheek is shown; through the underwear he rubs his penis on a woman's arm; exaggerated reactions shown for comedic effect when it's implied that the audience sees the stripper's genitals, but nothing's shown on camera. A man asks Ana for sexual favors after a date; the sound of his pants unzipping is heard, Ana reacts in horror and quickly gets out of the car. Talk about sex includes instructions not to have sex on a first date and mentions vibrators and hand jobs.

Language

Translated from Spanish:  "F--k," "asshole," "s--t," "bitch," "whore," and "hell." One middle-finger gesture. "Crap" heard prominently in English song lyrics.

Consumerism

A few incidental products and store shelves with recognizable labels only partly or very briefly shown.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adults drink frequently, sometimes to excess and played for comedy. No consequences. Besides a few parties, weddings, and meals, scenes include a bachelorette party in a strip club with shots, wine tasting in a vineyard, and complimentary bottles of champagne at a bridal salon. One character smokes.

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 worry 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.

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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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