Parents' Guide to

To the Mat

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Sweet, funny romcom has positive messages for teens.

TV CMT Comedy 2011
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TO THE MAT is an engaging romantic comedy in the spirit of modern-day faves like You've Got Mail and Sweet Home Alabama. It's hard not to be inspired by a story of opposites attracting and love conquering all, and if you're a sucker for that kind of thing, then you'll love this movie. Schroder and Bundy deliver delightful performances, and the story does a good job of ensuring that all of the characters are deeper than one dimension, so there's a lot of human emotion to explore.

It's not always easy to find a romcom that you can share with your teens worrying about an uncomfortable bedroom scene to ruin the mood, but To the Mat's mostly benign content makes it a great choice for just such a scenario. Teens may be intrigued by the behind-the-scenes look at the world of pro wrestling, which raises some issues about society's impression of entertainment. And don't miss the chance to tie the movie's references to drug use into a discussion about that topic, too.

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