She's Funny That Way

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S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Screwball comedy about prostitute aims for farce but misses.
  • R
  • 2015
  • 93 minutes

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Positive Messages

Amid themes including infidelity and prostitution is the idea that when life gives you the opportunity to chase after your dreams, you should take it.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Izzy may be in a line of work that's full of grit and despair, but she's far from gritty and despairing. Her heart is bigger than her ambitions. And though his motivations are shady at best, Arnold is generous to those who need financial help.


A father makes verbal threats on behalf of his daughter, whom he feels is being misjudged. A few people are slapped or punched.


For a film about a prostitute and her besotted "dates," there's not much sex. There's talk of it (with some racy references/innuendoes), but not action: Couples are shown under the covers, the man's chest visible. Some kissing and innuendo. Simulated sex during an audition.


Some use of words including "f--k," "s--t," "idiot," "damn" and "ass."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Social drinking by adults.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that She's Funny That Way is a farcical comedy with mature themes -- including infidelity, prostitution, and stalking -- that make it a little too intense for younger audiences. There's no nudity (in fact, there's not much action at all, considering it's a movie about a prostitute), but you can expect lots of innuendo, sexual references, and a couple of scenes in which sex is implied, though the only body part shown in s a man's naked chest. Adults drink socially, and there's some swearing ("s--t," "f--k," "damn").

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Teen, 13 years old Written byguacamole March 28, 2016


It is really funny and has great actors. I enjoyed it very much.

What's the story?

Broadway director Arnold Albertson (Owen Wilson) has a penchant for dating escorts and gifting them with tens of thousands of dollars so they can leave the business and chase their dreams. But Arnold's plan backfires when his most recent date, Izzy (Imogen Poots), auditions for a role in his play, and his actress wife (Kathryn Hahn) and the playwright (Will Forte) both grow enamored of her. Arnold tries to keep their tryst a secret, but the play's leading actor (Rhys Ifans) has cottoned on to the truth, and so has an angry therapist (Jennifer Aniston) who treats Izzy -- and who happens to be dating the playwright.

Is it any good?

SHE'S FUNNY THAT WAY is a great movie masquerading as a mediocre one. It should have been funnier than it is, given its bona fides: Peter Bogdanovich in the director's chair, and a fine cast that includes Wilson, Hahn, Ifans, Forte, Poots, and Aniston. But somehow, the parts don't add up to a princely sum. Wilson's Arnold is reminiscent of his daydreaming writer in Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris, but has little of the previous character's charm. Aniston, while perfect in timing, seems out of place. And Poots makes a hearty attempt, but her Izzy (not to mention her accent) doesn't persuade.

Most important, this screwball comedy lacks the energy and quick pace (including rat-tat-tat dialogue delivery), that the genre demands. Though it's entertaining enough, watch the movie for what might have been, not what it is.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how She's Funny That Way approaches its fairly edgy themes and subjects with humor. Does this work? Does tackling tough topics with humor make them easier to talk about/process?

  • How does the film portray sex? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values on the topic.

  • Is Izzy a sympathetic character? Why or why not? What about Arnold? Is he a good guy or not? Generous or manipulative?

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