A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Uma Thurman’s character dispenses sage advice about marriage -- for example, roughly 43 percent of nuptials end in divorce, so it’s important to pick the right partner -- but, as is typical in rom-coms, the movie’s premise contradicts this somewhat.
Positive Role Models
The film’s central romantic setup begins with a lie, but everything that follows comes from the heart. Everyone just wants to find happiness, but the film, like many others like it, tends to generalize love.
Violence & Scariness
Two men exchange sharp words over a girl.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A passionate embrace (kissing, groping) in an elevator, while security watches via camera; a woman takes her top off in front of a guy (she’s wearing a camisole underneath). A quick soft-focus moment showing a couple in bed.
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From “ass” to “crap” to “bulls--t,” and one instance of “f--k.”
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Products & Purchases
One character totes a plastic bag with the logo for the pharmacy, Duane Reade, clearly visible. At a bar, name brands and logos for beer, including Heineken and Bass, are displayed.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Friends, old and new, down shots at a bar, and one of them gets very drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this by-the-book romantic comedy is entertaining enough, and may offer laughs to teens who adore the genre. The sexual situations are very mild for the PG-13 rating, the language is only occasionally spicy, and a character gets very drunk in a bar scene. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
THE ACCIDENTAL HUSBAND is enjoyable enough; some twists -- there's one setup that unfolds at a book party -- are actually hilarious. Two people from very different walks of life fall in love under the oddest of circumstances; they start out attached to other people, but end up together. Not much new there. On the whole, it's so indistinct, how could it possibly offend? There's even the requisite, albeit brief, sing-along. (Since My Best Friend's Wedding, what rom-com doesn't have this?)
Thurman tries valiantly to keep the audience from realizing the material's formulaic, and her efforts, for the most part, pay off. Morgan and Firth are quite game, too. The cinematography, crisp and pretty and visiting less-known NYC locales like Astoria, helps. But overacting from some of the supporting characters dilutes an already watery stew, except for Isabella Rossellini, Brooke Adams, and still-suave Sam Shepard in surprising and delightful supporting turns.
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