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Save the Date

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Racy romcom has realistic characters but needs more plot.

Movie R 2012 98 minutes
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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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