You Again



Great cast, but "mean girl" wedding comedy is mediocre.
  • Review Date: September 22, 2010
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2010
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

What parents need to know

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

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.

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.

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 -- just ask any fan of the high school spy series Veronica Mars or watch her brilliant turn as the self-involved celebrity in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. 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.

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:September 24, 2010
DVD release date:February 8, 2011
Cast:Betty White, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kristen Bell, Sigourney Weaver
Director:Andy Fickman
Studio:Walt Disney Pictures
Topics:High school
Run time:90 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:brief mild language and rude behavior

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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 said they 'snuggled'. In this movie a married couple kiss for a short period twice. Jamie Lee Curtis and her husband kiss breifly. Marni makes a kissing face at a man that is her crush and they quickly kiss. There is one more kiss but the screen imeadietly zooms away. There are cheek kisses. People hug. A man kisses a woman passionatly for 4 seconds. People dance sugestively in 2 scenes. Jamie is very flirtatious with her husband in one dance.-------Violence isn't bad, people yell, people fall out of a tree house and go to the hospital LITTLE HARM IS DONE!!!! And there is a mild cat fight where Marni and Odette break plates. HOWEVER this movie is very good. All of the ladies give second chances and share a nice family bond with their grandma Bunny. But Bunny is a bit silly at times.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Parent of a 8, 9, 12, and 15 year old Written bymariannp March 12, 2011

Very cute movie!

Very cute movie. I think it's great for everyone, especially tweens & up to watch & learn how bad behavior can follow you far into your adult life. And it also shows that if someone sets their mind to it, they can overcome troubles they've had in their past.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
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 is dating this bully and turns out to get married. all the family meets each other and the bullies mom was best friends with her mom in high school and the grandmas where best friends too. the bully plays dumb and tries to never and remember her. then at the wedding they play the time capsules video. it taped the bullies bulling her. the brother is mad the girl is upset and the bullies is trying to demand that she has changed. the rest is for you to watch. very good movie.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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