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The Accidental Husband

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Sweet, teen-friendly rom-com borders on the cliched.

Movie PG-13 2009 91 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 13+

Really bad role models.

Well, I couldn't recommend this for any young impressionable person. This is a bad example of a healthy romance. One sex scene, one make out. Some profanity. Some drinking and getting drunk. (On a profanity note, If you watch on Youtube the subtitles translate Cuckold into something that sounds like cuckold but much more graphic) SPOILERS. Main male ends up kissing and sleeping with the main female under false pretense after his failed attempt to ruin her life.(He ended up falling in love her but really that's no excuse) Also since she was engaged, those encounters were also cheating. He did not tell her that he had been manipulating whole situation before he kissed/slept with her. Her fiancé isn't a good match either but no excuse to cheat on him. The man who manipulated her ends up with her. Pretty messed up plotline. On a not romance point of bad example, Woman sets off fire alarm and then main man(He's a firefighter, on duty at time of call.) and his group(and an engine) has to drive way out of his district to go be romantic with main woman. Yes, leave your district potentially unprotected. Though that's just movie/romance logic so can't complain too much. SO! In conclusion, I can't recommend for young people. If they have a good grasp on what is acceptable and unacceptable in a relationship then it's fine.
age 13+
This looks so cute! I can't wait to see it!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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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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