Parents' Guide to

The Bounce Back

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Predictable romcom will appeal most to adults.

Movie PG-13 2016 104 minutes
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age 16+

Based on 1 parent review

age 16+

Great movie for date night or girls night!

I love romantic comedies and this film delivers. Shemar and Nadine are talented and fun to watch on screen. Bill Bellamy is hilarious! My girlfriends and I laughed throughout the entire movie. I think it was fine for kids over the age of 16 unless you don't allow your teenager to watch PG-13 films than you may want to leave them at home. It's refreshing to see a truly great romantic comedy. Plus, Shemar is insane to look at on camera. Wow just wow!!!

Is It Any Good?

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Veteran TV actors Moore and Velazquez are fun to see starring in a movie, but this opposites-attract romcom is too formulaic to make much of an impact. Moore, who spent nearly two decades on television (Criminal Minds, The Young and the Restless) and Velazquez, who's best known for her small role in Flight and five years on My Name Is Earl, are both talented enough to make a hate-turns-to-love story work. But the material just isn't any better than so much of the forgettable color-by-numbers stuff that passes for romantic comedy in Hollywood these days.

Bellamy attempts to inject some humor as the perpetually concerned Terry, who wants to elevate Matthew's credibility but is foiled by his friend's bad-for-the-brand decisions. And newcomer Nadja Alaya deserves notice after holding her own as Matthew's 13-year-old daughter Aleya, who's having her own early romantic troubles. Their scenes together are some of the movie's best, and it's hard to recall another time that Moore has played a father. Although The Bounce Back is pleasant enough to stream or rent, it's not the kind of romantic comedy you'll think about after the credits roll.

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