Parents' Guide to

Set It Up

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Upbeat, engaging romcom has language and drinking.

Movie NR 2018 105 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 13+

It is a great movie

Great movie, great messages, funny, witty, etc... I laughed the whole time, it was awesome!

This title has:

Great messages
Too much sex
age 14+

Teen-Friendly, Engaging Rom-Com Has Mature Themes

Listen to the rating, folks! It's TV-14 for a reason. There's language, sex, drinking, etc, but only enough to warrant a 14+. I saw it with my teen and thought it was just right for her. I wouldn't let someone under 14 watch, though. But watch Set It Up if you like rom-coms and/or movies like The Parent Trap.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7):
Kids say (5):

If Deutch and Powell were any airier or bubblier, they might just float away in this amiable romance that doesn't demand much but still delivers some fun, warm-hearted moments. Director Claire Scanlon keeps the pace lively and the characters appealing. And the story, though it goes exactly where you'd expect, feels fresh enough. Set It Up's dialogue -- like "If Miss Piggy and Voldemort had a baby, and that baby had low blood sugar..." (used to describe Harper's boss from hell) -- often sparkles, and the soundtrack's mid-20th century rock and roll music feels just right.

The cast does a fine job with the material. Liu makes her stereotypical tyrant almost likable, and Diggs has a great time thrashing around in fits of irresponsible destruction. It would have been too much if both of the villains had found their inner good guys, and Scanlon avoids that pitfall as well. Bottom line? This is a pleasant-enough, diverting comedy that will most likely appeal to romantic comedy fans.

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