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Save the Date



Racy romcom has realistic characters but needs more plot.
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Romance
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 98 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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.


Emotional bickering between two sisters and between a couple that's breaking up. One very brief fist fight.


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.


Frequent swearing includes "f--k," "bitch," "d--k," and several variations of "s--t."


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.

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.

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What's the story?

After rejecting his marriage proposal, Sarah (Lizzy Caplan) moves out of the apartment she shares with her boyfriend (Geoffrey Arend) and tries to figure out what to do next. Soon there's a new guy on the scene, Jonathan (Mark Webber), but is he just a rebound relationship, or will be the real deal? Meanwhile, Sarah's sister, Beth (Alison Brie), is busy planning her own wedding -- and is increasingly perplexed and unavailable to deal with the emotional roller-coaster of Sarah's life.

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?

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how Save the Date presents sex and relationships. Does it offer realistic, healthy alternatives to being with someone? Parents, talk to you teens about your own values on these topics.

  • What do you think about the sisterly relationship between Sarah and Beth? Does it seem realistic? Teens: If you have siblings, how do you think you'll get along with them when you're adults?

  • Talk about Sarah's choices. Why did she reject a proposal? Who do you think is the best partner for her, Kevin, Jonathan, or neither?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:December 14, 2012
DVD/Streaming release date:April 16, 2013
Cast:Alison Brie, Geoffrey Arend, Lizzy Caplan
Director:Michael Mohan
Studio:IFC Entertainment
Topics:Brothers and sisters, Friendship
Run time:98 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:sexual content, language and brief drug use.

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