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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Sarah and Beth are both muddling through life and trying to do the right thing. They're not completely successful, but that feels pretty realistic. In the end, they, like most everyone else, are seeking happiness and end up willing to accept whatever life hands them in that respect.
Positive Role Models
Sarah and Beth have a very close relationship, and the film shows how they manage to get along both in good times and when they're at odds with each other. But, must Sarah always be with a guy? The movie doesn't seem to explore the other obvious choice: being happy on your own.
Violence & Scariness
Emotional bickering between two sisters and between a couple that's breaking up. One very brief fist fight.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Several sex scenes, some including suggestions of oral sex. No sensitive body parts are visible, but the sequences look and sound like real people having intimate encounters, including playful banter, energetic thrusting, and plenty of moans and groans. One man has a very obvious erection when he strips down to his boxers.
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Frequent swearing includes "f--k," "bitch," "d--k," and several variations of "s--t."
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Products & Purchases
A few characters use Mac laptops and sometimes drink Heineken beer.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Many scenes show adult characters drinking -- at bars, at parties, at home -- and several people get quite drunk. While inebriated, some get wistful, some get hostile, and one woman falls asleep with her head on the bar. People make poor choices while under the influence, including dropping in unannounced on former lovers. A few scenes also show adults smoking pot.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Save the Date is an indie romantic comedy about two sisters at opposite end of the relationship spectrum -- one is busy planning her wedding, while the other is coming off a bad break-up. Expect frank emotional discussions, both between the siblings and between couples, and many sex scenes; they don't show any sensitive body parts, but they're still plenty racy (including some vigorous motions and explicit sounds). Characters drink, get drunk, smoke pot, and make bad decisions while wasted. There's also plenty of swearing, including "f--k," "s--t," and more. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Approachable characters make SAVE THE DATE a somewhat compelling watch. They all seem very real -- like people you might know or might see hanging around the local bookstore or bar. And their emotional quandaries all seem fairly realistic, too, especially Sarah's. Her fears about getting involved might be echoed at some point by just about everyone, and her spats with Beth look and feel like real sisters sniping at each other.
But real people and honest situations aren't the only things necessary for a good film, and what Save the Date lacks is a plot with any kind of emotional stakes. So what if Sarah dumps her boyfriend? Another one seems right around the corner. (And we're not invested enough to care about the first boyfriend.) And if Beth's fiance can hardly bring himself to participate in her all-consuming wedding planning, why should the audience? Caplan and Brie make their characters' sisterly relationship come to life, but the script gives them little to do, leaving the movie with no excitement to keep the audience's attention. Plus, isn't there any other choice for a woman except to pick between two men? It's as if the only way for a woman to be happy is to be with someone. What happened to being happy on your own?
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