Sweet November

Movie review by
Beth Pratt, Common Sense Media
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So-so Love Story for a new generation.
  • PG-13
  • 2001
  • 114 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Sara's neighbors are transvestites.

Violence

In a rage, Nelson breaks several items and cuts his hand. Sara has a fit; she throws pill vials and thrashes at Nelson. Seeing Sara's health worsen is upsetting.

Sex

We see Nelson in bed with his girlfriend, who lounges in lingerie. Mentions of hookers, flashers, and dominatrixes. Nelson's ad campaign is sexually suggestive. Lots of passionate kissing, touching, and lovemaking. It's implied that Sara was promiscuous. Sara and Nelson share a bubble bath (no nudity).

Language

Occasional mild to moderate profanity.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that seeing Sara's health worsen is upsetting, as is the scene in which she asks Nelson to let her go. It's painful to watch Sara's young neighbor Abner anxiously look for a father figure. Sara's neighbors are transvestites. Mature themes include death and terminal illness. Occasional mild to moderate profanity. We see Nelson in bed with his girlfriend. Mentions of hookers, flashers, and dominatrixes. Nelson's ad campaign is sexually suggestive. Lots of passionate kissing, touching, and lovemaking. It's implied that Sara was promiscuous. Sara and Nelson share a bubble bath (no nudity).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bywonder dove June 26, 2012

Beautifully made!!

What a heartfelt movie! This is a very emotional story of a beautiful and quirky woman named Sara who has her heart set on helping men become better people, a b... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byEmilyB123 August 7, 2010
This movie was pretty good. If you like chick flicks I recommend that you watch it. For 14 yr olds and up.

What's the story?

SWEET NOVEMBER revolves around beautiful Sara (Charlize Theron), who lives by the rule of having a new boyfriend for each month of the calendar. She may seem fickle, but Sara always manages to help her current boyfriend learn an important lesson or become a better person before she moves on to the next guy. In November, she begins seeing Nelson (Keanu Reeves), a ruthless businessman. Hanging out with Sara begins to have an effect on Nelson – his sharp edges soften, and he actually finds himself falling in love. But there's a reason for Sara's approach to dating – she's extremely ill.

Is it any good?

For teens who haven't seen Love Story or any of the other "disease-of-the-week" movies popular in the '70s, this movie will be an intensely emotional experience. Older viewers, however, are more likely to notice the movie's implausible plot--doesn't Nelson know that bad things can happen to people who spontaneously move in with strangers? A few of the movie's scenes get a little syrupy, but some much-needed humor counters the sugar shock. And, supporting characters help lighten the somber theme.

Charlize Theron proves that she can do more than decorate the screen as someone's significant other. She's goofy and carefree one moment, solemn and vulnerable the next. On the other hand, Keanu Reeves' transformation to "sensitive guy" isn't quite believable because he conveys little emotion even when saying lines such as "November is all I know or want to know."

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how death and dying are portrayed in films. Was Families who have experienced the dying and death of family member might compare that to the movie.

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