You Again

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Great cast, but "mean girl" wedding comedy is mediocre.
  • PG
  • 2010
  • 90 minutes

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 18 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 60 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

In this movie, there's good news for both "mean girls" and those who are less than popular -- both rise above their high school stereotypes to become much happier, more fulfilled individuals. The characters also prove that it's never too late to apologize for hurting or bullying someone.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Joanna proves that just because you're a high school "mean girl" doesn't mean you have to stay that way forever. The way she changes her life is admirable, even if she doesn't apologize right away. Gail is a good role model, because even though she's a bit jealous of her former best friend, she's also very happy with her own life. Marni also shows that just because you were made fun of in school doesn't mean you continue to be bullied throughout adulthood.


Lots of pratfalls and physical comedy. The worst of it is when two characters fall on a collapsing treehouse and end up with broken limbs. Other physical gags involve a character who falls in an ant pile and is covered with tiny ant bites and a character who always accidentally hits a guy she's interested in whenever they're in the same room. The female rivals push each other into the pool, dump food on each other, and throw dishes at each other.


A few kisses between married or engaged couples and one big kiss for the protagonist. The engaged couple touches each other affectionately a lot, and Marni flirts with the best man.


Bullying-type insults include "MOO!" "loser," "stupid," "cheater," etc. Also "oh God."


All of the labels mentioned in the movie are fictional.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Champagne toast, cocktails, and wine at a couple of dinners and receptions. Everyone who drinks is a grown-up.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that although this wedding comedy is about rivalries among women, it's quite family-friendly (if not exactly hilarious). There's no swearing (just insults like "loser"), overt sexuality or suggestiveness (just a few kisses and mild flirting), or consumerism (the featured brands are fictional). You'll see plenty of pratfalls and physical comedy, but nothing that feels "violent." Families looking for something without all the strong stuff will be pleased, since the movie's overall message is quite positive for tweens and teens: You can rise above your high school self (whether you were the bully or the bullied), and it's never too late to say you're sorry -- or to be forgiven.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 9-year-old Written bybellabobcat. July 19, 2016

Great cast! Great theme! Great comedy!

This movie is great! Me and my daughter watched it and I was in tears of laughter! I really enjoyed it too (but not as much as her, she's seen it ten times... Continue reading
Adult Written byhelenmirrenrox May 28, 2011

You again

There are no swears in this movie at all. There is some sexy stuff, but nothing that has sex. A man and a woman were implied to have been ingaged and a the man... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byawesomenesss June 16, 2014
there is a family and the teen daughter that's bullied at school. the school made a time capsule and video taped every one and one year later her brother... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byrobinrunner March 26, 2012

For once, a good movie with no swearing!

You Again is fresh and child appropriate, which is why my family loved it so much. The script is funny, and the acting is fantastic. It even involves a positive... Continue reading

What's the story?

Marni (Kristen Bell) is a successful, attractive public-relations executive in Los Angeles -- but in high school she was shy, pimply, and bullied incessantly by her class' queen bee, J.J. (Odette Yustman). On the plane home for her brother's wedding, Marni makes the horrific discovery that her future sister-in-law Joanna is actually her former tormentor. J.J. pretends not to remember Marni and is supposedly a sweet-as-pie nurse who has dedicated her life to helping people. Suspicious, Marni tries to prove to her brother (James Wolk) that his bride-to-be was once a heartless "mean girl." Meanwhile, it turns out that Joanna's wealthy Aunt Mona (Sigourney Weaver) was mother-of-the-groom Gail's (Jamie Lee Curtis) high school BFF ... whom she hasn't spoken to since senior prom. As the weekend progresses, the relationships between the women devolve into a series of competitions and confrontations that could ruin the wedding.

Is it any good?

Bell is a talented actress with surprisingly sharp comedy chops, but a movie as clichéd and predictable as this one may leave audiences wondering where her comedy mojo has gone. At first glance, this wedding comedy seems like a winner based on the cast alone -- Weaver, Curtis, Victor Garber, Betty White as the zinger-throwing grandma. Unfortunately, director Andy Fickman -- a specialist in family-friendly titles like The Game Plan and Race to Witch Mountain -- doesn't infuse YOU AGAIN with any edge or any surprises (unless you count the cameos and the flashbacks). There's even a much-younger brother for comedy relief, a la Family Ties.

Aside from the cameos, the surprising finds of this broad comedy -- which includes such ludicrous details as two former cheerleaders who stay so close that they're both due on the exact same date and a bride who asks someone she only recently tolerated to walk her down the aisle -- are actors Wolk and Sean Wing (as a former crush). Both are charismatic and will hopefully take off in more roles. All weaknesses aside, if you're a mother with a teenage daughter looking for a teachable moment, this could be a good film selection: It shows girls that you don't have to be this way in high school ... and even if you are, you don't have to stay that way forever. Otherwise, skip it and stay home to watch Father of the Bride.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how high school behavior and bullying can impact people for the rest of their lives. How were all the women characters impacted by their high school selves?

  • Is there an expiration date for apologies? Was Marni right to want Joanna to apologize for her behavior in high school? What about Gail and Ramona? Did someone need to apologize in that relationship?

  • Are high schoolers really as mean as Joanna was to Marni? Is what happened to her believable? What other ways do today's teens have to bully each other?

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