The Sweetest Thing

  • Review Date: May 9, 2003
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2002
  • Running Time: 88 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Extremely lowbrow -- definitely not for kids.
  • Review Date: May 9, 2003
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2002
  • Running Time: 88 minutes





What parents need to know


Comic peril.


Extremely explicit sexual situations and references.


Extremely strong language.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Characters drink.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has some of the most explicit sexual references and situations ever included in a mainstream film. There are extensive and graphic jokes about oral sex (including a humiliating visit to the dry cleaner and a medical emergency involving a very personal piercing). Parents should exercise the strongest caution in exposing kids or teens to the language and behavior in this movie.

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What's the story?

THE SWEETEST THING stars Cameron Diaz as Christina, ad executive, full-time heartbreaker, and party girl. She lives with gal pals divorce lawyer Courtney (Christina Applegate) and salesgirl Jane (Selma Blair). They aren't waiting for Mr. Right. They are perfectly happy with Mr. Right Now. At least that's what they tell themselves. But they put up barriers to genuine intimacy in their romantic relationships, keeping genuine closeness for each other. Christina enjoys controlling men, dropping them quickly, and running back to share the dish. Then Christina meets Peter, he piques her interest by not being dazzled by her and by sizing her up right away. He mentions that he is going to a wedding the next day. So, when she can't put him out of her mind, she and Courtney decide crash the wedding. They're off on a road trip. All of this is just a thin excuse for a series of extremely raunchy and explicit jokes and situations, any of which would have earned an immediate NC-17 rating if this hadn't been a comedy and, more important, if not for the indestructible sweetness of Cameron Diaz, who acts as something between Teflon and a disinfectant.

Is it any good?


None of the men at the screening I attended liked this movie. Some of them even came out of the theater looking a little shell-shocked. But many of the women walked out smiling. The Sweetest Thing's audience may break down along gender lines, but believe me, this isn't your mother's chick flick. That is, unless your mother is an Adam Sandler fan, because this is an Adam Sandler movie from the girl's point of view. Written by Nancy Pimental, it's a cheerfully obscene tribute to girlfriends and of course to true love.

The three leads are so bright and even endearing that the fact that they behave like complete skanks doesn't compute. Their loyalty and high spirits and the fact that no one is taking this movie very seriously (they announce that there will be a clothes-trying on montage and then appear as Julia Roberts, Madonna, and Olivia Newton-John) make this a guilty almost-pleasure.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about why Christina was afraid to get close to a man and why she was so concerned about having the power in her relationships. They should also talk about the way the friends showed loyalty and unconditional acceptance to each other.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:April 12, 2002
DVD release date:August 20, 2002
Cast:Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate, Selma Blair
Director:Roger Kumble
Studio:Columbia Tristar
Run time:88 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:strong sexual content and language

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Parent of a 12 year old Written bydramaqueen@hotm... August 28, 2011

great movie uh but not for kids sorrry

well i love this movie but its not a movie for kids sorry just adults the best for a kid to see it would be 12 and up or 13 its a great movie so funny but way to sexual for kids but i loved it!
What other families should know
Too much sex
Kid, 11 years old July 23, 2010

VERY rude but really funny

What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Kid, 9 years old August 8, 2011


this movie is not worth watching it is off for male's any age and for females only 13+
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing


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