The Accidental Husband

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Sweet, teen-friendly rom-com borders on the cliched.
  • PG-13
  • 2009
  • 91 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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

Two men exchange sharp words over a girl.

Sex

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.

Language

From “ass” to “crap” to “bulls--t,” and one instance of “f--k.”

Consumerism

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.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byMovieLover4Lyfe May 27, 2010
This looks so cute! I can't wait to see it!
Teen, 15 years old Written byTotally500 July 4, 2011

a accedinal film

A fine film with lots of surprise moments and laughter that is accendinal
Kid, 9 years old April 2, 2010

The Accidental Husband

Rated PG-13 For Some Sexual Content And Brief Strong Language

What's the story?

Dr. Emma Lloyd (Uma Thurman) has the inside scoop on relationships, and she’s become famous for the zinging opinions she shares on the subject as a Manhattan-based radio talk show host. She has no patience for those who pine for Prince Charming, and she believes women shouldn’t settle for second best. She ought to know; her fiance (Colin Firth) is the perfect specimen. When an avid listener dumps her boyfriend, Patrick (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), after taking Lloyd’s longtime compatibility test and finds her relationship wanting, he’s hungry for revenge. His plan: To get a friend to hack into city records so it shows he’s listed as Lloyd’s husband, a mess she’ll have to undo so she can walk down the aisle. But doing so will complicate things quite a bit.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about true love, or as the film likes to put it, “real love.” Is there such a thing? Do people only have one soulmate?

  • What about Emma’s advice? Does the film subvert what she’s espousing in the movie? How?

  • What about the genre itself: Do romantic comedies do love a disservice? If yes, how?

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