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The Wedding Year

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Casual sex, pot, heavy drinking in romcom with teen appeal.

Movie R 2019 90 minutes
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Director Robert Luketic (Legally Blonde) returns to the romantic comedy genre with a modern-day story made for a younger generation. Is it formulaic? Absolutely -- but surprisingly, that feels good. Streaming services have wisely figured out that the romcom isn't dead, it just needed a vacation, and younger viewers have been eating up films like The Kissing Booth, To All the Boys I've Loved Before, and Always Be My Maybe. Luketic is ready to join the fray. The Wedding Year uses the standard setup (flawed girl meets awesome boy, loses boy, regains boy -- along with some personal growth) and then taps into a Nickelodeon/Disney Channel TV movie vibe. To high schoolers, it's the emotional equivalent of a bowl of warm Kraft mac and cheese.

That said, as much as teens are likely to enjoy The Wedding Year, parents could be left cringing. Maya uses Tinder for casual hookups, gets drunk for sexual foreplay, tells off a potential employer as they're making a job offer, and vapes THC as a way of life. And Gen Z-fave Hyland is so likable that her portrayal could be seen as an endorsement of this iffy behavior. The film is fun, and teens will love Hyland's messy character, but, parents: It'll be up to you to do clean up.

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