Sweet November

  • Review Date: June 25, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2001
  • Running Time: 114 minutes

Common Sense Media says

So-so Love Story for a new generation.
  • Review Date: June 25, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Year: 2001
  • Running Time: 114 minutes

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What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some drinking.

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).

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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."

Families can talk 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.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:February 16, 2001
DVD release date:July 24, 2001
Cast:Charlize Theron, Keanu Reeves, Lauren Graham
Director:Pat O'Connor
Studio:Warner Bros.
Genre:Drama
Run time:114 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:sexual content and language

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Adult Written bywonder dove June 26, 2012
AGE
13
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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 better leader and better lover. At first I thought the concept of the story was odd but then realized how beautiful it really was. She takes on a new man with problems each month and turns their lives around - with Nelson - her November man, was difficult to help him let go of his domineering ways. A selfish business man who was completely obsessed with working, money and had no time for anyone but himself. A man that had no idea what love is really about...until he met Sara. Their relationship is fun, sweet and innocent until Nelson realizes he loves her (not knowing she has cancer) and would do absolutely anything for her. From there on, the movie is deeply saddening with a very sad yet thoughtful ending. Probably one of the greatest romance films ever. Some minor violence, some kissing (A quick off-screen sex scene which is the opening scene to the movie and one innocent love scene), two characters bathe together (no sexuality or nudity), some drinking. Perfectly alright for 13 and up I think!!
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Teen, 13 years old Written byEmilyB123 August 7, 2010
AGE
14
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This movie was pretty good. If you like chick flicks I recommend that you watch it. For 14 yr olds and up.
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