Parents' Guide to

Wicker Park

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

This dopey thriller isn't worth your time.

Movie PG-13 2004 90 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 17+

Not sure why it got so lowly rated by common sense...

Wasn't bad at all and has high IMDB user ratings to match. Expect heavily shortened sex scenes with no nudity though.

This title has:

Too much sex
age 14+

perfect for older teens

to much sexual content

This title has:

Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (1):

Wicker Park is a dopey thriller that sets up an intriguing puzzle and a nicely spooky vibe and then spoils it all. It ends up explaining too much and having that explanation be both achingly obvious and sometimes unintentionally hilarious, retroactively dissipating any creepiness created earlier and dumb-ifying the entire story even further. It's one of those movies that depends on its characters' inability to make a phone call or ask a question to straighten things out.

Matthew Lillard flounders in an attempt to play Matt's best friend. Rose Byrne as a mystery woman who shares Matt's girlfriend's name and shoes is slightly more interesting than the drippy character she plays, but her efforts to play Viola/Cesario in Twelfth Night (a character in disguise who does not tell her love, get it?) are simply dreadful. Harnett and Kruger move through the story like sleepwalkers who hope they won't wake up until the movie is over. I know how they feel.

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