We'll Never Have Paris

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Uninspired romcom has some racy scenes, drinking, language.
  • R
  • 2015
  • 95 minutes

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Positive Messages

Quinn struggles to decide what he wants but finally realizes what his heart really needs.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Quinn and Devon have been together for years, but they still have massive misunderstandings when trying to discuss their feelings. Still, they eventually figure out what they're trying to tell each other.


Two men brawl in a crowded living room, destroying some expensive furnishings.


A few brief sex scenes show couples moving around, once with some loud sound effects (no nudity). One scene, shot from behind, shows a man masturbating. Some innuendo and skimpy/revealing clothing. Kissing and hugging. Characters' bare backs are seen; man seen in underwear.


Several scenes include the words "f--k" and "s--t." Also "c--k."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some characters smoke cigarettes (and praise the habit). Adults drink wine with meals, and one man gets pretty drunk on hard liquor at home after an especially bad day. Pot smoking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that We'll Never Have Paris is a romantic comedy that centers on a long-time couple (Simon Helberg and Melanie Lynskey) trying to decide whether they should get married. There's a fair bit of drinking and some smoking (mostly cigarettes, but also some pot), as well as frequent swearing (mostly "f--k" and "s--t") and a few sex scenes. While there's no nudity beyond bare backs, some of the scenes include some fairly enthusiastic sound effects, and in one scene, masturbation is implied.

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What's the story?

Quinn (Simon Helberg) is poised to propose to his longtime girlfriend, Devon (Melanie Lynskey), but manages to louse it up so badly that they wind up broken up, leaving them both free to pursue other romances. Devon heads to Paris, where she meets a handsome and charming musician, while Quinn stays home to see whether he should hook up with a colleague. But he misses Devon and ultimately decides to follow her to Paris to win her back.

Is it any good?

The movie has a whiff of truth to it -- which makes sense, as it's reportedly based on Helberg's relationship with wife/co-director Jocelyn Towne -- but perhaps they were too close to the material. Because this is nothing more than standard romcom fare, with a misunderstood (and each misunderstanding the other) couple who may deserve each other, but only after they're first torn apart. Toss in the usual complications, and you've got yourself a formulaic plot. We're all for cheering on romance, but when the ending isn't believable, it's hard to get very excited.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what We'll Never Have Paris is saying about relationships. Do you think it ever makes sense for a couple to break up to figure out whether they really want to be together?

  • How does this movie compare to other romantic comedies? What do romcoms tend to have in common? Why do you think that is?

  • How does the movie portray drinking? Are there realistic consequences when characters overdo it? How about smoking? Is it glamorized?

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