A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this frothy comedy will be best appreciated by teens and adults who can put the characters’ sometimes-iffy behavior (robbery, breaking and entering, and destroying personal property, to start with) into perspective. There's also some strong language (including “damn,” “bitch,” and “hell”) and adult drinking, and the dialogue often references rushed wedding plans because of an unexpected pregnancy. Taken out of context, the characters’ actions might give young kids and tweens a misleading impression of the real-life consequnces of breaking the law and manipulating people’s feelings, but for those who appreciate the inherent un-reality of TV, this movie is a laugh-out-loud journey toward a sweet victory for true love.
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What's the story?
When longtime pals Abigail (Raven-Symone) and Parker (JoAnna Garcia) leave New York City and return to their small Southern hometown for a visit, they’re dismayed to discover that their friend Rachel’s (Chryssie Whitehead) boyfriend has fallen prey to the conniving powers of their childhood nemesis, Caitlyn (Virginia Williams). Determined to break up the obviously ill-fated couple and reunite true companions Rachel and Tony (Lyle Brocato), Abigail and Parker infiltrate the wedding party as bridesmaids and set their destructive wheels in motion. But their efforts are thwarted at every turn by Caitlyn’s money-hungry mother, Olivia (Beth Broderick), who has her own selfish motivations for seeing the marriage through.
Is it any good?
REVENGE OF THE BRIDESMAIDS succeeds thanks to strong writing and a great cast. Raven-Symone is a scene stealer as the sharp-tongued Abigail, who brings a big-city air and her self-stated problems with authority to this sham of a shotgun wedding, which doesn’t stand a chance once she’s set her sights on bringing it -- and the manipulative duo behind it -- to its knees. She and her friends are heroes to anyone who's ever dreamed of getting back at our own childhood bullies.
But this isn’t a pick for family movie night, as much of the content requires a certain level of maturity to put into context. The repeated references to Caitlyn’s unexpected pregnancy are likely to raise a host of questions from younger kids, as will other comments about sleeping around or having sex for personal gain. Language (“bitch,” “damn,” “ass,” and the like) is another concern, as is Caitlyn and Olivia’s manipulative behavior and their disregard for anyone’s feelings. Then, of course, there are the multiple counts of breaking the law -- and the relative ease with which the characters escape prosecution -- that Abigail and Parker justify in the name of true love.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the law. What examples of breaking the law did you see in this movie? How realistic were the consequences of the characters’ actions? What might happen in the real world if you were to do the same thing?
Teens: Do you think there’s such a thing as true love? What's important in a successful relationship?
How has technology changed how teens relate to each other?
What messages does this movie send about relationships and marriage? How does the media in general portray marriage?